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REV. ELI KELLER, D. D., (IV, 6) 



HISTORY OF THE 



j CELLER FAMILY 



BY THE REV. ELI KELLER . D. D. 




TIFFIN, OHIO 

PRESS OF WILL H. GOOD 

1905 




We are not born as the partridge 
in the wood, or the ostrich of 
the desert, to be scattered every- 
where; but we are to be grouped 
together, and brooded by love, 
and reared day by day in that 
first of churches, the family J- 

-HENRY WARD BEECHER 



DEDICATED TO 

Those who believe that any 
who care not about their 
earthly origin, care little as 
to anything higher ,^ J- J- 

— HARBAUGH 



^ 12G2S17 



A happy family is but an 
ea.t\ict heaven ^ ^ J> 

-BOWRING 



EDITORS^ PREFACE 



WE take pleasure in offering- this book to the 
members and friends of the Keller Family. 
It comes, not as the rival of any other 
work, nor is it the product of any individual's am- 
bition. It is a history of the family, by the family, 
and for the family. 

At the third reunion, held in 1899, the histo- 
rians, Dr. Eli Keller and Amos Keller, were ad- 
vised to consider the subject of preparing- a family 
history. At the fourth reunion in 1902, unanimous 
action was taken to carry out this purpose. Dr. Eli 
Keller was requested to prepare the manuscript. 
Amos, Joseph A., Reuben, Elias and Samuel 
Keller and J. A. Welsh were appointed a committee 
to assist in gathering material for the history; and 
Albert D., Joseph A., and Reuben Keller were 
named as a committee for its publication. This 
action was decisive, it pointed out the way. 

Naturally much work would fall to some, and 
little to others; but those who did the most have 
the greatest joy, for it has been a labor of love. 
We bear witness to the kindly affection and unself- 
ishness with which services have been rendered. 

We are glad that so much concerning the 
character and experiences of our ancestors has been 
put in form for the use of later generations. May 
it inspire them to do well their work in life, and 
prove themselves worthy descendants of a worthy 
ancestry ! 

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6 EDITORS' PREFACE 

The Editors wish to thank those persons, 
whose names already appear in this preface, for 
the kind aid g-iven. Thanks are also due Jeremiah 
Keller for his help in collecting- the material for 
the Plainfield Map and the Third Keller Home. 
With him worked Eli, Reuben, Oliver J., Philip, and 
Joel F. Keller. This material for the map and 
picture was then arranged by Manelva W. Keller 
under the direction of Inez I. Crampton, Principal 
Department of Art in Heidelberg- University, 
Tifi&n, O. The accuracy and form of both map 
and picture are due to the pains taken by Manelva 
W. Keller and her teacher. 

Thanks are due Manelva W. Keller for help in 
reading and correcting proof. 

The Editors take this way of thanking all who 
helped toward bringing this book to completion. 
They trust that some younger person will now take 
up this work of collecting and org-anizing historical 
material where our faithful historian leaves it. 

Some information came too late, for which 
space has been devoted at the close of this book. 

Death visited the Editorial Committee while in 
the very midst of its plans and work, and took 
away Reuben Keller. 

The Chart contains the genealogy from Joseph 
Keller(I, l)through Philip Keller (II, 11). Charts 
for the other children can also be made. 

ALBERT D. KELLER, 
JOSEPH A. KELLER, 
REUBEN KELLER. 
July 24, 1905. 



AUTHOR^S PREFACE 



"We are among those who believe that any 
who care not about their earthly origin, care 
little as to anything higher." — Harbaugh 



THE Apostle Paul gives the Fifth Command- 
ment with its promise thus: "Honor thy 
father and mother, which is the first com- 
mandment with promise, that it may be well with 
thee, and thou mayest live long- on the earth." By 
"father and mother," we are to understand our an- 
cestry in g-enerations past. We are not now created, 
but born into the world. The greatest gift the 
world ever received is its Savior, who came in the 
line of his g-enealogy which Matthew traces down 
from Abraham and David, and Luke, then, back 
ag-ain even to Adam. This includes the whole hu- 
man family, that all might believe and be saved. 
The "honor" we are to bestow implies love and re- 
spect to our ancestry — to keep green their memory 
and show ourselves worthy of and grateful for them. 
Even Christ himself, the God-man, in whom all the 
fullness of the Godhead dwelleth bodily, must be 
included. The promise here made is exceedingly 
broad and rich — to be well and have a long- life on 
the earth. This includes all we can rightly desire 
in the earthly, and also obtain for Christ's sake in 
the Heavenly Home. 

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8 AUTHOR'S PREFACE 

Our great and g-lorious nationality was founded 
in the providence of God g^radually, by the trans- 
planting- into our virgin American soil of individ- 
uals and families from the old world. They did 
not come as a great host — as did the Israelites 
under Moses and Joshua, through the desert into 
the promised land; of whom the eightieth Psalm 
speaks beautifully, under the figure of a single 
vine — but came, as comes the precious wheat in 
numberless grains from the hand of the sower, to 
bring forth the g^olden harvest after the storms of 
winter. 

Prof. I. D. Rupp, of Philadelphia, published a 
"collection of upwards of 30,000 names of German, 
Swiss, Dutch, French, and other immig-rants in 
Pennsylvania from 1727-1776." In this collection, 
women and children are not included. What a host 
this, in itself considered, not to refer to those who 
came before, and the many more that followed 
even down to our own time, transplanted in fifty 
years. No wonder that the greatest and most 
promising nation has already sprung up from this 
liberal Divine seed-sowing. 

Among the thirty thousand and more immi- 
grants, we find only a single name with whose 
history primarily we have to do — Joseph Keller. 

Looking across the great ocean and to the long 
past, we cannot expect to have from the start a 
clear vision. We have, it is true, not a few written 
data and traditional material besides, which will be 
to us as the guiding hand and the seeing eye. 
Coming in our researches down to our own time, 



AUTHOR'S PREFACE 9 

we are however not g-iven to uncertain conclusions, 
but have historical facts, simple and sure. Gather- 
ing- up and setting- in order the history of our own 
family in this country down to the present, we pay 
a debt of gratitude, due to our beloved ancestry as 
well as to ourselves, and at the same time set an 
exaftiple to our posterity worthy of their regard 
and imitation. 

In carrying out our instructions, various diffi- 
culties were encountered. The efforts to discover 
other branches of our family were fruitless; but 
the awakened interest in this matter may yet lead 
to the discovery of these "lost tribes." 

It is not too much to hope, yes and not too 
much to ask that some loyal person in our family 
take up the work of collecting material where this 
volume must now leave off. It was felt that the 
time had come that the material now in hand 
should be put into book form. The work is now 
done with the best of our ability. 

No personal history is given beyond the fifth 
generation. We think this a good starting point 
for the coming historian. Let no more traditional 
epochs be necessary, but get the facts in hand so 
that all the work done may be thoroughly authentic. 
This is my wish as I place the material in this 
book into the hands of the members of our dear 
family. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 



lAPTER PAGB 

I. Joseph Keller, Sr. — Birth, Fam- 
ily, AND Early Home .... 14 
II. Emigration to America, and Its 

Causes 16 

III. A World of Labor 19 

IV. Marriage and Home 21 

V. The Happy Family 23 

VI. Great Affliction 26 

VII. Loss AND Gain 30 

VIII. Quiet Afternoon and Evening . 33 
IX. Some of the Older Joseph Kel- 
ler Children 35 

X. The Maria Ann Keller Family 38 
XL With Indians, In Revolution, At 

Home 48 

XII. The Joseph Keller, Jr., Family 50 

XIII. Lost Among the Indians ... 64 

XIV. John Jacob, the Second, and 

Family 65 

XV. First Glimpse at the Philip Kel- 
ler, Sr., Family 68 

XVI. John Henry Keller . ... 72 

I. Family Life 75 

a. No Room Left for Idleness 75 

b. Amusements 76 

c. Observance of Sunday . 77 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 11 

r/. Intemperance Was Opposed 77 

e. Rev. Father Th. Pomp . 78 

f. Weekly Pra3'er Meetings 78 

g. The Keller Boys Learned 

Trades 78 

h. Teachers 79 

i. Military Affairs .... 79 

II. Removal to Ohio 80 

III. Sunny Days in the Buckeye State 81 

IV. The Rebellion 83 

V. Genealogical Tabic .... 88 

VI. Biographical Sketches ... 94 

a. Fourth Generation . . 94 
VII. Biographical Sketches . . .100 

b. Fifth Generation ... 100 
XVII. Jacob Keller 109 

I. Genealogical Table .... Ill 
II. Biographical Sketches . . . 116 

a. Fourth Generation . . 116 

III. Biographical Sketches . . .119 

b. Fifth Generation ... 119 

IV. The Part Taken in the Rebellion 123 

a. First Pair 124 

b. Second Pair 124 

XVIII. Will and Testament of Joseph 

Keller 126 

XIX. Reminiscences 132 

XX. Reunion and Association History 158 
People, Places, and Incidents .... 164 

Members of Keller Family 171 

Addenda 191 



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS 

OPPOSITE 
PAGE 

REV. ELI KELLER, D. D.— Histokian Frontispiece 

THE EDITORS 8 

PLAINFIELD REFORMED CHURCH AND GRAVEYARD... 17 

PLAINFIELD MAP 25 

FIRST KELLER HOME 33 

GRAVES OF JOSEPH KELLER, JR., AND WIFE 40 

THIRD HOUSE ON OLDEST (ORIGINAL) KELLER 

PENNSYLVANIA HOME 48 

HENRY KELLER 56 

GRAVES OF PHILIP KELLER, SR., AND WIFE 64 

THE JOHN HENRY KELLER FAMILY 72 

THREE OF THE KELLER SOLDIERS 81 

PHILIP KELLER, AND WIFE 88 

JOEL F. KELLER, AND WIFE 97 

THE ELI KELLER FAMILY 104 

SARAH KELLER BOWER 112 

JOSEPH KELLER, AND WIFE 121 

ELIZABETH SHOOK KELLER 121 

REBECCA KELLER 121 

THE PLAINFIELD REFORMED CHURCH 128 

DELABOLE 136 

THE JOHN HENRY KELLER OHIO HOME 144 

THE JACOB KELLER OHIO HOME 152 

THE JOHN HENRY KELLER PENNSYLVANIA HOME 152 

THE FIRST REUNION 160 

THE UNION REFORMED CHURCH 168 

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SUGGESTIONS 



b. — born. 

dau. — daughter or daughters, text will show which. 

d. — died or dead, text will show which. 

mar. — married. 

Roman numerals (I, II, etc.) indicate the generations 
on the folder. The Family Chart ; the Arabic numerals 
(1, 2, etc.) indicate the number of the individual in his gen- 
eration as indicated on the Chart. For example, (I, 1) re- 
fers to our common ancestor, Joseph Keller, whose name 
appears on the left margin of the Chart. 

On page 38, you will find 1^ Jacob. The small figure (S) 
will now indicate the family name Mufily. The large 
figure 1 will indicate the number of the person in his family 
in the order of birth. In this case, you will find the ten 
children of Maria Ann Mufily, nee Keller, given in the 
order of their births. Then they are taken up with their 
respective families as follows: Page 38, l^ Jacob, 2^ George, 
38 Philip, 43 Charles; page 40, 5^ Simon; page 42, 63 Eliza- 
beth, 73 Mary; page 46, B^ Sarah; page 47, 9^ Susan and 103 
Anna Maria. In this way, each family is indicated. The 
small figure, therefore, stands for the name of the family 
with which it is first found. The small numbers increase 
by one as you pass from one family to another. This ex- 
plains why 13^ Samuel, top page 43, is a Kaufmann, the 
small figure (*'■*) being one higher than the (^^) near bottom 
of page 42. 

Ample room is left on the right margin of the Chart for 
additional names. 

For information concerning the location of the first 
Pennsylvania homes, turn to the Map opposite page 25. 

With the illustrations the Chart and the Map should be 
used. 

Keep the Chart before you as your guide in reading. 

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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



CHAPTER I 

JOSEPH KELLER, SR.-BIRTH, FAMILY, HOME 

JOSEPH KELLER (I, 1) was born March IS, 
1719, in Scliwarzenacker, near the city of 
Zweibriicken, Bavaria (Rhein-Pfalz). Of 

his parents we have no record. By tradition, 
we have the following: His Jmother was first the 
wife of a JMr. Guth, and had a |son who, when 
grown, emigrated to America. When widowed, 
she married a |Mr, Keller and had two more sons. 
tMr. Guth was a member of the Roman Catholic 
Church, but dying when his children were young, 
they were instructed and confirmed in the Reformed 
Church, to which the mother belonged. The |older 
of the two brothers also emigrated to America, 
and settled in Virginia, Under these circumstances, 
iJoseph, the younger son, our ancestor was born 
and reared. The family was a broken and scat- 
tered one, and its life must have been unsettled and 
defective. 

That country, especially around Zweibriicken, 
is exceedingly beautiful. On the east, ten or 
twelve miles away, rise the Hardt mountains, from 



Ij. See Traditional Generation on Family Chart. 
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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 15 

whose rills and rivulets, Erbacli river is formed, 
and flows down the valley to the Saar and the 
Mosel rivers. Near by on the west and south lies 
Sunny France. On all sides, vineyards and low- 
lands, as it were, interchang-e friendly greeting's. 
Rev. Dr. P. Vollmer, of Philadelphia, when he 
heard our ancestor was from Zweibriicken, ex- 
claimed: "Ah, you should see that country, its 
richness and beauty can not be described !" 

Prof. A. L. Koeppen, a Dane highly educated 
and especially versed in ancient history, when he 
heard my name at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and I 
told him we traced our family to Bavaria, said: 
"Ah no, never, the name Keller is Swiss 1" I asked: 
"How do 3'ou get around Bavaria?" He said: 
"Easily enough — at the time of the great plague 
(14 century) your ancestors, with many others, 
moved down from the mountains into the Rhine- 
countries to escape the so-called 'Black Death.'" 
Thus, then, like the noted Rhine, having its 
sources in the snow-capped Alps, we as a family 
have our source far back in the country of Tell 
and Zwingli! The blood in our veins, and the 
thoughts of our minds may still have, after so 
long a time, some affinity with the past — how much 
we cannot know, much less describe. 



CHAPTER II 

EMIGRATION TO AMERICA, AND ITS CAUSES 

SO ATTRACTIVE a country as already de- 
scribed we raig-ht suppose to be able to keep 
its inhabitants, both old and young-. So, too, 
the only remaining- son (as far as we know) should 
have had no desire to leave the mother; especially 
so because she was a widow. Yet very often ap- 
pearances are deceptive. Serpents having- the 
brig-htest colors are the most poisonous. The most 
fluent talkers are often the greatest liars. France 
never was a true friend to Germany. For many 
years it had gradually gained the ascendency, and 
German kings and princes, imitating the immo- 
rality, pride, and infidelity of France, were much to 
blame. To Germany, France was like the Simoon 
of the Promised Land, striking it from the south 
and blasting every green herb. Germany, divided 
in itself, had to look down into France as into the 
crater of a volcano, not knowing at what moment 
it would belch forth its destructive lava to the sad 
formula: "Ashes to ashes and dust to dust." 

Joseph Keller was now eighteen years of age, 
and but too soon would have had to leave his 
mother and all as an enrolled soldier. What then 
could the afflicted mother do? Words and even 
tears would be of no avail. To two sons she had 
already given her blessing upon their going to 
America, and well might she add also the third. 
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PLAINFIELD REFORMED CHURCH AND GRAVEYARD 

The heavy tombstone in the foreg^round marks the grave of Mrs. Capts 
Miller (11, 2), only daughter of Joseph Keller, Sr., (I, 1). No in- 
scription remains, but lead cast in top, by which once an 
iron crown was fastened, indicates the grave 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 17 

Whatever dangers could threaten in the long- sea- 
voyag-e or in the wilds of America, in her estima- 
tion the certain dangers at home were greater. 

He may have received favorable letters from 
his brother, and especially from his step-brother 
Guth (Good), to whom he made his way as soon as 
possible after reaching America. 

And there is another possibility, and even prob- 
ability, which cannot be passed by silently. His 
subsequent faithful wife was Mary Engel Drumm, 
(I, 2) of Ernsweiler, near Zweibriicken. She was 
exactly six months older than he, born September 
15, 1718. According to the above mentioned col- 
lection of names, John Adam Drumm came to 
America exactly two months before our Joseph Kel- 
ler did. The name Engel must be a family name, 
appearing in the records of that time, and was 
likely the name of her mother. The name Drumm 
is found but once in said book. Mary Engel Drumm 
must have been either that man's sister or daugh- 
ter, most likely the former. These two, Joseph 
and Mary, must have known each other personally 
in their home — likely attended school and cate- 
chetical instruction together. In the latter case 
they were probably confirmed at the same time, 
and by the same pastor as members of the Re- 
formed Church, and worshiped together every Sun- 
day. These conclusions rest upon stated facts. 

All these considerations show how natural and 
reasonable it was for our ancestor to leave his 
childhood home, and come across the great deep 
when he did. He landed at Philadelphia, October 



18 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

31, 1737. The name of the ship which carried him 
was "William", named after William III, king- of 
England and Stadtholder of Holland, (William 
Henry of Nassau, Prince of Orange), born at The 
Hag-ue, November 4, 1650, died at Kensington, 
March 8, 1702. The name of the captain was John 
Carter. It sailed from Rotterdam, Holland, on the 
river Meuse, twenty-four miles from the sea, and 
touched at Dover, England. It carried 180 passen- 
gers. How long a time it took to make the voyage 
we are not told, likely about two months. One 
passenger, Matthew Switzer, was drowned, from 
this we infer that the voyage had its storms and 
dangers according to Ps. 107:25. 



CHAPTER III 

A WORLD OF LABOR 

JOSEPH KELLER, after a long- yet safe journey 
to the new world, found himself in the family 
of his step-brother Guth. Mary Eng-el Drumm 

was not far away with her brother, John 
Adam Drumm, in their own home. On all sides 
there was plenty of work, as is always the case in 
a new country. Winter was at the door; necessary 
shelter for man and beast had to be provided; fuel 
and provisions had to be laid in. Both ax and flail 
could not rest, except Sundays. The great end 
held steadily in view by every family was an own 
home, where no one could "molest or make afraid." 

We take it that Joseph and Mary were not far 
apart, and were of one mind and one heart. They 
looked forward to a time when they too, as well as 
others, would have their own home clear of all 
encumbrance. Did others labor faitlifull}' and 
long- for so great a boon, so would they — the one 
for the other. Many would suppose that next in 
order to make sure of happiness, Vv^ould be mar- 
riage; such, however, was not their opinion. By 
comparing dates, it is evident to us that the day 
of their marriage was put off five years. This was 
the free-will offering to secure by faithful labor and 
strict economy a home in America. They had set 
a high and honorable mark for their combined ef- 
forts. They knew very well that God's blessing 
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20 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMHA' 

would crown their labors with success, and what 
vows they laid down together on his altar can only 
be imag-ined. That in their case there was no 
room for or danger of having- the affections alien- 
ated by outsiders needs no mentioning-. As Jacob, 
the patriarch, served Laban seven years for 
Rachel, and by reason of his love for her did not 
think the time long-, or the labor hard. So was it 
in their case. 

Here was not a shadow of our German tramp; 
nor of those who are ever looking away to stran- 
gers for the partners of life; nor yet of those who 
spend as fast, (possibly a little faster) than they 
earn — living and laboring, but without a high and 
noble aim. Our ancestors stood in the front rank 
of noble American pioneers. The old Fatherland 
might have kept them and profited by their faith- 
ful and patient labor, had the government not only 
been over but for the people. 



CHAPTER IV 

MARRIAGE AND HOME 

THE exact place where the families of Drumm 
and Guth, linked in our history, were lo- 
cated, is not known; but where our ancestor, 
Joseph Keller, after his marria^'-e founded his own 
home is well understood. Midway between the 
Plain field Church and the town of Bangor, in 
Northampton County, Pennsylvania, the country is 
a romantic one, stretching- upward from the Dela- 
ware River a distance of about eight miles to the 
long chain of the Blue Mountain. All along to 
the very top of this mountain are springs of pure 
water meandering musically in bright streams to- 
ward the Delaware. On the sides of these larger 
streams, all over the country, other springs afford 
tributaries. About two miles from the base of the 
mountain, is a fine spring Mowing northward into 
a larger stream half a mile or more away. This 
spring, these hills, and slopes were the place se- 
lected by Joseph (I, 1) and Mary Engel Keller (I, 2) 
as their future earthly home. 

Why this particular selection was made, while 
yet the whole country was open, we do not know. 
It may be that in the grand Blue Mountain, they 
saw a similarity to the Hardt Mountains in the 
Fatherland. The quality of the land is not the 
richest, and yet it always rewards judicious and 
faithful labor. The air generally coming down 
from the mountain, as also the water, is always 

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22 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

pure and invig-orating-. The land was well covered 
with all manner of wood, especially chestnut on 
higher ground. Stones adapted for building were 
found plentifully in the low grounds. Deer, bears, 
and other game roved over the country. Wild 
pigeons, quails, and all manner of birds, at times, 
filled the air or sounded forth their happy voices 
from the woods. The soil is well adapted to all 
kinds of fruit and vegetables. 

The first house, erected by these pioneers 
themselves under the sheltering limbs of a large 
Whiteoak tree and by the side of the said spring, 
was but a mere hut. Two important and valuable 
articles in that home are in my hands as relics: 
the large illustrated German family Bible and the 
Reformed Hymn Book, with notes, containing the 
Heidelberg Catechism, forms, etc., printed in 
Zweibriicken. In the Bible are family records, 
written in German type by Father Keller himself 
at different times and under various circumstances. 

Who can describe the feelings of these pio- 
neers, delivered now from the yoke of oppression; 
the land on which they labored was their own 
personal property; the home for which they had 
long sighed and prayed and labored, now from day 
to day was assuming form and beauty. The image 
and desire of their hearts turned into happy vision. 
Six days every week, they found occasion to labor ; 
and on Sunday the Bible and Hymn Book gave 
great help to worship the great God, who "settetli 
the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which 
are bound with chains." Ps. 68:6. 



CHAPTER V 

THE HAPPY FAMILY 

A PLACE for a home in this Western World 
having- been selected, it required time and 
toil under the benig-n smiles of Providence 
to establish and build it up. The best gifts, and 
chief condition of a true family arc children. 
Among- those according- to Ps. 127, the sons stand 
foremost. Here in regular order we give the names 
and dates of the births of all the children, born in 
this first Keller family, copied from the very pen 
of Father Keller: 

1^ Christian, born September 10, 1743. 

2^ Anna Margaret, born March 15, 1745. 

3' Henry Adam, born January 1, 1747. 

4^ Simon, born October 29, 1749. 

5^ Joseph, born January 15, 1751. 

6^ John Jacob, born July 10, 1754. 

7* John Jacob, born March 22, 1757. 

8^ Philip, born March 29, 1763. 

This is in more than one respect a remarkable 
record — seven sons and one daughter entering life 
in regular succession. The first name is taken 
from the name of Christ himself, as if copied from 
our Catechism (Quest. 32.), "Why art thou called 
a Christian?" All the others, except one, are taken 
from the Scriptures. Hov^ different this is from 
giving children all manner of outlandish and fanci- 
ful names, as if Baptism itself and God's holy 

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24 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

covenant sealed thereby, were a mere formality and 
farce. Two names, and those double, are quite 
alike. The one first bearing- it was carried away 
by the Indians, and the second, less than six months 
old was not yet baptized. Seemingly, the father 
had a premonition that the former would nevermore 
return, and so it proved. The last one of the list 
was born just six years after the one before — the 
mother during- that time being three years in cap- 
tivity, as the following chapter will relate. 

We will here give a brief description of the 
life they lived, in which, with the exception of a 
few years, we may call them "a happy famil3\" 
Their experience with death was the experience of 
many another family; one died young (the 3d) as a 
reminder, that whatever our earthly home may be, 
we are to seek the heavenly. 

This manner of life was in harmony with the 
age in which they lived. That it was a life of 
labor, needs no stating. That very fact, since they 
were all of robust constitution, increased their hap- 
piness. The material for their clothing was home- 
raised, home-spun, home-woven and home-made. 
The annual patch of flax, and the well-cared-for 
flock of sheep served well their part. Their fuel 
was not brought from far, and both beef and pork 
in season was of their own raising. In the Fall, a 
deer or two, and in the Spring, now and then, a 
string of fish, caught by the boys, were sure to 
come. If water and rye-coffee were not always ac- 
ceptable, apples in their time furnished both cider 
and vinegar. Corn for mush, and potatoes with 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 25 

milk often satisfied the appetite. Bread was made 
of rye-flour. This rye was raised in their own 
fields, threshed with their own flails, ground in 
their own mills, and baked in their own ovens. 
Lumber was taken from logs, grown in their own 
woods, and sawed on their own sawmill. Chest- 
nuts, hickorynuts, hazelnuts and wild plums were 
found in abundance in the Fall of the year. The 
highest mountain and the lowest marshes were for 
huckelberries. The little medicine needed was 
prescribed by the mother from her "Herb-bed" in 
the garden. There were no laws yet prohibiting 
hunting or fishing on one's own land, or on land 
not yet taken up. They made little money, but 
that honestly, and always spent less than they 
made. In the Fall, the underbrush of the intended 
"Newground" was grubbed; in the Winter, the 
cord-wood of oak and hickory and pine was cut, 
and in the Spring, posts and rails were made of 
chestnut. High grounds were for buckwheat, and 
low for meadows; from both "the little busy bee" 
gathered its sweet stores, which, if not placed in 
provided boxes, were later found in hollow trees. 
Such are a few hints in the picture of "a happy 
family" of the olden time. 



CHAPTER VI 

GREAT AFFLICTION 

IN THE Spring- of 1757, (May 18) Eng-laud by 
reason of certain encroachments on its terri- 
tory in this country by France, declared war 
ag^ainst that nation. The war is known as the 
"French and Indian War" and ended after seven 
years by the defeat of the French. The Thirteen 
English Colonies were located along the Atlantic, 
whilst France held possessions in Canada, and 
down along- the Mississippi. Between these two 
opposing powers, the early settlers had up to that 
time quiet possession, and there also different 
tribes of Indians were then swarming. This sad 
condition of affairs caused those settlers long and 
great distress. In time of war the proverb, "might 
makes right," often finds application. France, par- 
ticularly, having a valuable fur trade with the In- 
dians, stirred them up against the settlers who were 
loyal to England. In the minutes of the Penn- 
sylvania German Society, Vol. 12, page 437, is a 
quotation from Rev. Dr. Muehlenberg, that France 
rewarded the Indians with ^10 ($50 in our money) 
for every scalp of an English subject they secured. 
In a work published by the State of Penn- 
sylvania in 1895, (Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania, 
2 Vols.) the first part, written by Hon. Richards, 
of Reading, Pa., descriptions are found of "The 
Indian Forts of the Blue Mountains;" and concern- 

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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 27 

ing these troubles with the Indians, he gives the 
following" brief, yet comprehensive, statements: 

"It is sufl&cient to say that, as they (the In- 
dians) daily saw themselves pushed back by the 
onward march of the white man, their hunting 
grounds teeming with game, and streams filled 
with fish, lost to them, either through fair purchase 
or more likely fraudulent action on the part of the 
settlers, it needed but a spark to fire the savage 
nature in their breasts and create a flame which 
blood alone could extinguish. That spark came 
from the field of Braddock's defeat in 1755, and, in 
its train, there swarmed amongst the frontier set- 
tlements of the Province hundreds of scalping 
parties, carrying death and destruction with them 
everywhere, whose work did not finally cease until 
the year 1783. At this time the Blue Mountains 
practically marked the limit of actual settlement 
on the part of the white men, and it was along 
this range that the storm burst in all its fury. 
Standing as it did on the verge of civilization 
and forming in itself a natural barrier, it was but 
in accordance with reason to occupy it for the pur- 
pose of defense and to there stay the further en- 
croachment of the enemy. It is well here to bear 
in mind the fact that the attacks and depredations 
of the Indians were not made by large bodies or 
any number combined, neither were the tactics of 
civilized warfare followed; but parties of from three 
to ten or twenty would creep noiselessly past alert 
and watchful sentries and suddenly fall upon their 
unsuspecting victims and just as suddenly disappear 



28 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

after their horrible work had been completed, long- 
before the alarm could be spread and the most 
active troops overtake them." 

These Indians, in hunting^ and fishing", freely 
and without disturbance roamed over the whole 
country and were thus well acquainted in every 
nook and corner. The settlers might at times en- 
gag-e in similar pursuit of game, but as a rule had 
other work to do. 

Such a party of Indians, on September 15, 
1757, attacked the Keller family and led captive 
the mother and her sons, Joseph (II, 7) and John 
Jacob, (II, 9) to Montreal, Canada, after having- 
killed and scalped Christian (II, 1). Father Keller 
was at the time eng-aged with his team in seeding, 
and so far from his house, that he was not aware 
of the raid until his return in the evening. The 
bloody body of his son (14 years old) found in a field 
at a distance from the house gave some light on 
the horrible event. Evidently that oldest son 
would also have been taken alive, but being fleet 
of foot, could not be captured. The probability is, 
that he first endeavored to hide in or behind the 
barn, and when that would not answer, ran across 
the field in the direction of Laurel Hill (Bucks- 
Berg-) along the creek. This hill was covered 
thickly with evergreens — laurel, spruce, etc. — the 
only natural hiding place near. The Indian in 
pursuit of him, fearing that the neighborhood 
might be alarmed, shot and killed him with an 
arrow, then took his scalp as a trophy. Below at 
the roadside, a little south of a small stream of 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 29 

water, his body is said to be buried. Simon (II, 5) 
was keeping" the wild pigeons away from some 
g-round already sown, and thus escaped. How 
Anna Marg-aret (II, 2) (twelve and one-half years 
old) escaped is not known. The Lord had pity 
and spared her to comfort and assist especially the 
little brother (II, 10) left in the cradle, not yet one- 
half year old. 

The captives were hurried away along and 
across the mountain. The Indians kindled a fire 
the same night, the air being cold. The mother 
had the agony of seeing the scalp (which she recog- 
nized) of her first-born being dried by the fire. 
Montreal, Canada was the point aimed at fully 
three hundred miles away. The mother was bar- 
tered ofif to some French officers whom as a captive 
she served three years, yet was always treated with 
respect and kindness. This whole raid was un- 
doubtedly planned; and if the Indians were hired 
to bring just such a German woman to attend to 
such service, could any one be surprised? 

John Jacob, 3 years and 2 months old, was lost. 
Of Joseph, account will be given later. 

What each member of this once happy family, 
and especially the mother, had to suffer in those 
three years, tongue cannot tell nor pen describe. 
Those who can mentally in some measure enter the 
situation, may draw their own sad picture 1 



CHAPTER VII 
LOSS AND GAIN 

THE trag-ic events in the Keller Family natur- 
ally aroused the whole community to a deep 
sense of insecurity. Prompted by this feel- 
ing-, the "Teed Blockhouse," about one and one- 
half mile southward, was erected without delay, 
where the settlers, old and young-, gathered in the 
evening- for safety during- the night. (Frontier 
Forts, Vol. 1, Page 240.) 

For three long years the motto, "What is home 
without a mother?" must have been most painfully 
realized by those left of the Keller Family. A 
deep solitude and sadness, like a pall, rested over 
those smitten hearts. 

Equally, and possibly more forsaken, must 
have been the mother in her captivity. How many 
anxious questions, by day and especially by nig-ht, 
must have harassed her sad heart — "Where are 
those left behind, and how do they fare, m}- poor 
boys among- the Indians, and my dear babe at 
home ?" And to all her questions — no response, a 
silent g-rave, not so painfully silent as such uncer- 
tainty — to be tossed about midst hopes and fears ! 
Finally, the English gained telling victories over 
the French in Canada. The fortified city of Mont- 
real, although surrounded by high walls, a ditch 
eight feet deep, and all placed under the special 
protection of the Virgin Mary, could not withstand 

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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 31 

them. With the aid of the God of Abraham, the 
Eng-lish under General Wolfe stormed the "Heig-hts 
of Abraham", took the city of Quebec, and cooped 
up the French Commander Vandranil in Montreal. 
On September 6, 1760, nearly ten thousand British 
troops advanced against the city, and two days later 
it was taken. The prisoners of war kept there 
were at once discharged. The iron cag-e was 
broken, and the birds put to their wings to find 
their homes again. 

At that time, the settlers of Northampton 
County, Pa., aided by their own teams, did their 
trading in the city of Philadelphia though fully 
seventy miles away. It once thus so happened that 
Father Keller was on his way to market with a 
load of grain, and, by accident, heard of the re- 
turning prisoners of war. A new hope kindled in 
his soul ; he could not continue his journey; but 
unhitching his team, he hastened his return on 
horseback. As the good Lord had willed, his wife, 
well preserved, had reached home sooner than he 
himself. What such a meeting was (October 20, 
1760) can never be told. 

Five years later Joseph also effected a safe re- 
turn from his Indian captivity. More than two 
years after the mother's return, another child (II, 
11) was added to the family. About this time, 
Anna Margaret, the only daughter, was married to 
a Mr. Miller (II, 3), who later served as a captain 
under Gen. George Washington. The young fami- 
ly was blessed with a daughter Elizabeth (III, 1), 
but mother and daughter died during the war, and 



32 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

Captain Miller informed of the sad news never re- 
turned. 

During- the Revolutionary War, Joseph also 
(II, 7) served in the army — a so-called "Seven 
Months Man" 

Taking- all these thing's into consideration, we 
can easily see that their cup was often one of sor- 
row. The deep wounds, smitten by the Indian 
raid, could heal over, but, like the wounds in the 
heart-wood of a tree, could never heal out. 







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CHAPTER VIII 

QUIET AFTERNOON AND EVENING 

THE long- life of Father Keller may be divided 
into two parts, as every day is divided. The 
first part was restless and often miserable, 
the second quiet and happy. It may be compared 
to the famous River Rhine — almost eig-ht hundred 
miles in length — rolling-, tossing and tumbling- 
down the Mountains of Grisons in Switzerland; 
then quietly and majestically moving- forward in 
its deep channel throug-h the Netherlands to the 
North Sea. He lived in his own house, by the side 
of the never-failing- spring- of pure water. The 
terrors of the seven-year French and Indian War 
passed over — the seven-year Revolutionary War 
shook the colonies from center to circumference, 
but it also passed away. Whatever clouds dark- 
ened the horizon, the sun finally, because of that 
darkness, shone forth with increased splendor. 

At that time the Plainfield Reformed Congre- 
gation (not yet union) was organized, and the first 
church erected. There the family found a spir- 
itual home, and were permitted to share the rich 
comforts of Christian fellowship in the means of 
grace. 

About that time, likely, a second dwelling 

house was built only a few rods to the north of the 

present (fourth) house, built by the late Mr. Reich- 

ard. Seventy years ago, I often saw the old cellar, 

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34 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

then only partially filled up. North of that some 
rods farther, all in line with the spring-, stood the 
low double log- barn, also built long- before, as its 
decaj' testified. The higher land was cleared by 
degrees and brought under cultivation and the 
lower was turned into meadows. Fruit of all kinds 
was planted or merely allowed to grow in the virgin 
soil, and rewarded abundantly the labor bestowed. 
Philip, the youngest, grew to manhood, and 
proved himself in all respects a tower of strength, 
a comfort and support to his parents in their old 
age. The fact, that so little information has come 
down to us, shows how quietly the last days of our 
great-grandparents ebbed away. He died Sep- 
tember 17, 1800, and she, April 22, 1802. Although 
she was just half a year older than he, she never- 
theless outlived him more than a year and a half. 
Close by the Church their earthly remains rest side 
by side awaiting the coming of our Lord Jesus 
Christ and the great Resurrection. His age was 
81 years, 6 months and 2 days; her age, 83 years, 
7 months and 7 days. 



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CHAPTER IX 

SOME OF THE OLDER JOSEPH KELLER CHILDREN 

CHRISTIAN (11) was the firstborn of our fam- 
il}' on this Western Continent. He was a 
lad just fourteen years and five days old 
when he was shot with the arrow of an Indian, 
killed and scalped. It was a bloody and sad sacri- 
fice. The family, so hopefully commenced, seemed 
destined almost to destruction by this blow ; and 
yet — it lived ! It is a comfort to think that his suf- 
ferings were short — like a flash of lightning-, the 
swift arrow too well aimed by the skill of a sav- 
age speedily did its sad work. As among the 
Israelites, the first-born was accounted holy unto 
the Lord, so here too this Christian Keller was 
taken away, and his soul carried to the "firstborn" 
whose names are written in Heaven. 

Anna Margaret (2^), born March 15, 1745, was 
just twelve and one-half years old when the Indian 
raid was made. She was evidently hidden in some 
dark corner of the barn at the time and escaped 
unharmed. Her part it was, afterwards especially, 
to care for the infant brother, and (in some very 
limited measure) to take the place of the captive 
mother. What great comfort she, the only daugh- 
ter in the family, must have been to those who re- 
mained ! After three long years the mother re- 
turned to the stricken household, and the daughter, 
grown up to womanhood, was undoubtedly greatly 
comforted. 

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36 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

When more than twenty years of ag-e, she 
found a lover, a Mr. Miller, and in him a husband. 
She was blessed with a child Elizabeth. Whence 
her husband was we are not told, but as he became 
(according- to tradition) a captain under General 
Georg-e Washington in the Revolutionary War, 
he must have been a man of mind and will power. 
It is but natural to think of the young wife with a 
young child bidding farewell to her brave husband 
— alas! a long- last earthly farewell! She died and 
her child also ; and hearing the news, the sad hus- 
band never returned. The g-rave of the mother in 
the Plainfield Graveyard is marked with a sand- 
stone. All inscription disappeared long ago, but 
a hole drilled in its top and run full of lead where 
once a crown was fastened, indicating- a crown in 
heaven, marks the grave without a doubt. I looked 
for a little grave and stone by its side, but — there 
is none. May it be that the mother died first, and 
little Elizabeth was put to rest, as it were, on her 
bosom ? 

Henry Adam (3^), born January 1, 1747, was 
the second son and the third child in the family. 
At the time of the raid, he was 10 years, 8 months 
and 14 days old, and how he escaped we know not. 
Simon at the time is said to have been away at a 
newly sown field g-uarding- it against the ravag-es 
of wild pigeons — he may have been with him — he 
may have been with Christian and Anna Margaret 
in the barn — or he may have been with his father. 
The traditionary record we have is, "He was a 
very vigorous young man and died young." When 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 37 

he died, or how, we cannot tell. His body evident- 
ly is buried at the Plainfield Church; but there is 
no stone indicating- his place of rest, unless it be 
one without inscription. 

Simon {^^) was born October 29, 1749, at the 
time of the Indian raid, therefore he was a little 
less than 8 years old. He was then, at the request 
of his father, engaged in chasing the wild pigeons 
from a sown field, and thus escaped the attacking 
Indians. 

Of his subsequent life, we have very little in- 
formation, and that by tradition. He married a nee 
Dipper, from near Philadelphia, and had three 
children: 

r-^ Joseph. 

2^ Maria Ann. 

3^ Magdalene. 
He lived to an old age, and had his last home with 
his son-in-law, George Muffly, about two miles 
above Johnsonville, Pa. He now and then visited 
my parents in my childhood — came afoot, and left 
again the same day. He was not as tall as my 
grand-father, Philip Keller, but was also of heavy 
build. He is evidently buried at Centerville, Pa., 
but his grave is no longer known. His only son 
Joseph (III, 2) was unfortunate in marriage and 
disappeared; and Magdalene (III, 4) fared much 
the same way; but Maria Ann (III, 3) was the 
mother of a large family. 



CHAPTER X 

THE MARIA ANN KELLER FAMILY 

2^ Maria Ann Keller, mar. George Mufifly, d. 1847, 
in her 93d year, after having been blind for 
years. 

1^ Jacob, b. Nov. 22, 1801, d. Mar. 28, 1860. 

2^ Georg-e. 

33 Philip. 

43 Charles, b. Dec. 24, 1813, d. Jan. 23, 1903. 

5^ Simon. 

6^ Elizabeth. 

7^ Mary. 

83 Sarah, b. 1810, d. 1893. 

93 Susan. 

10^ Anna Maria. 
1^ Jacob, mar. Elizabeth Weidner. 

1* mar. John Oyer. 

2* mar. Jacob Batto. 
2^ George, mar. Elizabeth Reichard. 

1^ Maria, mar. Jessiah Beck. 

2* Sally Ann, mar. William Getz. 
3' Philip, d. unmarried. 
43 Charles, mar. Kate Shook. 

1® Mary Ann, mar. Daniel Getz. Have children. 

2® Lowine, mar. a Mr. Lohman. 1 son. 

3^ Susan, b. 1810, mar. Samuel McCammon, b. 
1872, d. 1895. 
V Anna Maria, b. 1836, d. 1876, mar. Wil- 
liam Klein. 

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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 39 

1« Emma Frances, d. 1902, mar. Jere- 
miah F. Hahn. 
1^ Anna. 
2" Bertha. 
2^ Florence R., mar. Abr. Hartzell. 
3^ Elmer J., mar. nee Bysher. 
2^ Elizabeth, mar. Reuben Houck. 

1^** Sarah Alice, mar. George E. Mess- 

inger. 
2^" W. Oliver, mar. Jennie Stocker. 
1^^ Lizzie. 
2" Arlington. 
3" Lester. 
4" Russel, d. 
3^" Edwin J., mar. Mary Schoch. 
1^2 Karl. 
3^ John, b. 1840, mar. Elmira E. Dech, d. 
1884. 
113 Lizzie G.,b. 1874, mar. H. P. Brown. 
2^3 S. Caroline. 
4^ Aaron, b. 1843, mar. Clara V. Reich. 

1^* Samuel, d. 1874. 
5^ Lucy A., mar. Alfred Hahn. 

1^^ Richard Sam'l, mar. Ida Siegfried. 
li« Samuel. 
2^^ Lucy. 
2^® Frederick, mar. Minnie S. Achen- 
bach. 
1" Clark. 
2" Annie. 
V^ Robert C, d. 1900. 
6^ Caroline. 



40 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

4^ Sarah, mar. James McCammon. 
5^ Peter, mar. nee Fell. 1 son, 2 dau. 
6^ Morris, mar. nee Labar. 1 dau. 
h^ Simon, mar. Kate Ratzel. 

1^^ Jacob, mar. Matilda Abel. 

1^^ Simon. 

2^" Aaron. 

3i« Jacob. 

4^'^ Lewis. 

5" Sarah. 

613 jjiien, moved to Straubville, N. Dak. 
2^^ Elizabeth, b. Oct. 27, 1845, mar. Aaron 
Gum, b. June 11, 1839. 

l^*^ James E., b. Dec. 3, 1863, mar. Lucinda 
Achenbach, b. Mar. 21, 1865. 

121 Hattie, b. Mar. 25, 1884. 
2^1 Hannah, b. Dec. 31, 1886. 
321 Eugene, b. Jan. 12, 1890. 
421 Minnie, b. Oct. 31, 1893. 

2^^ Annie K., mar. John Scheetz, b. Oct. 
27, 1863. 

122 Mabel, b. July 17, 1890. 

320 Katie, mar. Theodore Flory, b. Mar. 
15, 1863. 

123 jj^na, b. May 27, 1887. 
223 Annie, b. Aug-. 8, 1888. 
323 Carrie, b. Apr. 1, 1890. 
423 Charles, b. Mar. 6, 1892. 
523 Clifford, b. Dec. 16, 1894. 
623 wilmer, b. July 9, 1901. 

420 Mary, d. Dec. 11, 1875, aged about 2 
years, 



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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 41 

52« Ella, b. Nov. 20, 1872, mar. Willis Al- 
sover, b. Nov. 20, 1872, 
\^^ Lucy, b. June 25, 1892. 
620 Irwin, mar. Lilly Keiper, b. Aug. 17,'73. 

125 Lewis, b. Apr. 5, 1899. 
22^ Mabel, b. July 4, 1900. 

720 Charles, mar. Annie Itterly, b. Oct. 11, 
1876. 

126 Raymond, b. Mar. 28, 1897. 
226 Myrtle, b. Nov. 16, 1898. 
32« Dorothy, b. Mar. 20, 1902. 

82" Lucy E., mar. Elmer Werkheiser, b. 
April 29, 1877. 

127 Willis, b. Feb. 13, 1897. 
3^^ John Louis, mar. Frances Mann. 

128 Frank, mar. Lizzie Mane. 
22^ Callie, mar. Frank Chinance. 2 children. 
32s Birdie, b. April 2, 1850. 
4^** Mary Edith, mar. Marcus Strauss, b. Oct. 
22, 1845. 
12» July Ann, b. Jan. 29, 1870, mar. Charles 
Werkheiser. 
1^0 Cora. 
2^0 Agnes, d. 
3'^" Flauncy. 
22» Peter Adison, b. Jan. 25, 1872, mar. 

Minnie Edinger. 
323 Pauline, b. Jan. 7, 1873, mar. Michael 

Moser. 
42» Louis, b. Feb. 24, 1876, d. 9 years old. 
52^ Mary Ellie, b. Feb. 14, 1878, mar. Ed- 
ward Jones. 



42 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

pi Aulef. 

2^^ Mildred, b. July 4, 1899. 
629 Callie, b. July 8, 1881. 
729 Amy, b. Nov. 15, 1882. 
823 Katie, b. Jan. 29, 1885, mar. Joseph 

Repsher. 
929 Magg-y, b. Sept. 4, 1887. 
102" Eli, b. Dec. 4, 1890. 
5^^ Peter, moved to Etna, Minn., 1 son died, 7 

dau. lived. 
6^^ Margaret M., mar. Julius Wilhelm, 2 chil- 
dren d., 4 sons and 1 dau. live in Bangor, Pa. 
7^» Katie Maria, b. Jan. 9, 1861, mar. Ben- 
jamin Repsher. 
132 Rose ^W^n, b. July 23, 1879, mar. John 

Doney. 
2^2 Edith Agnes, b. Aug. 24, 1881. 
7P Charles Alvin, b. Mar. 25, 1883. 
4^2 Emma Frances, b. Aug. 24, 1885. 
5^2 Ammon N., b. June 26, 1893. 
6^2 Minnie Cath., b. April 4, 1895. 
8^^ Charles, mar. Anna Butz. Have 3 dau., 

live in Bangor, Pa. 
918 \i^nj Henry, mar. Ellen Labar. Have 1 
son, 3 dau., 2 dead. 
6^ Elizabeth, mar. Jacob Zuber. 
l^^ Charles, d. 
2^ Simon, d. 

333 Philip. Had two children. 
4^3 Elizabeth, mar. Hugh Ralston. 
5^ Abyaene, mar. Edv^rard Heller, d. 
7' Mary, mar. Charles Kaufmann. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 43 

1^ Samuel, mar. Sarah Kunsman. 

1^^ Elizabeth, mar. Peter Reimer. Have 

4 sons and 1 dau. 
2^^ Catharine, mar. Peter Kressler. 
V'^ Lula. 
2^^ Clara. 
2^* Georg-e, mar. Sarah Weidman. 

1^^ Adam, mar. Mary Fell. Have 2 sons 

and 1 dau. 
2^^ John, mar. nee Reimel. Have 2 sons 

and 2 dau. 
3^^ Caroline, mar. (first) Charles Rotzel. 
Have 1 son and 1 dau. 
Mar. (second) Robert Rotzel. 
1^8 Edward. 
2«« Stella. 
3^8 Edith. 
4^^ Maria, mar. Elmer Labar. Have 2 sons 

and 2 dau. 
5^^ Charles, lives in Bangor, Pa. 
6^^ Jessie, d. 
33* William, mar. (first) Sobina Ruth. 
1^8 John, two dau. 
Mar. (second) Sarah Wolff. 
1^9 Clara. 
2^*^ Jennie. 
3=''' William. 
43^ Charles. 
S^'' Oliver. 
e^!* Elsie. 
7^^^ Martha. 

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44 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

4^ Jonathan, mar. Cath. Kuntzraan. 
1*" Charles. 
2^ Emma. 
3^« Ida. 
4*0 Sarah. 
5*0 Samuel. 
6*« Frank. 
5^ Elizabeth, mar. (first) Jacob Ruth, d. July 
2, 1881, aged 55. 
1" Charles, b. Dec. 27, 1853, mar. Sybilla 
Wilhelm. 
1*2 Edward, mar. Annie Christine. 1 

dau., d. 
2*2 William. 
3*2 Benjamin. 
2*^ Mary Cath., b. Dec. 24, 1855, mar. David 
Wilhelm. 
1*^ Lizzie. 
2*^ Emma. 

3*3 Jacob. Lives at E. Bangor, Pa. 
4*3 Raymond. 
5*3 John. 
3*1 Sarah Ann, b. Sept. 14, 1857, mar. 
William Eldridge. 
1** Martin, mar. nee Rample. 
2** Ida, mar. Isaac Thatcher. 2 dau. 
3** Harry. 
4** Mahlon. 
5** Lizzie. 
6** Mamie. 
7** Harvey. 

Live at Wind Gap, Pa. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 45 

4" Benjamin, b. Sept. 12, 1859, mar. Re- 
becca Steinmetz. 
1*^ Carrie, mar. Marvine Reph. 
2*' Rosie. 
3*^ Archie. 
4*^ Lotty. 
5" Samuel, b. Oct. 13, 1861, mar. Annie 
Weidman. 
1*« Floyd. 
2*« Luther. 
3*'= Sadie. 

Live at Bang-or, Pa. 
6" Frank, b. July 8, 1864, mar. Mary J. 
Kleintop. 
1*^ Raymond. 
2'^ Mabel. 
3" Sarah. 

Live at Penarg-yl, Pa. 
7*^ Adaline, b. March 29, 1867, mar. Roger 
Smith. 
1*« Clinton. 
2*« Samuel. 
3^« Martin. 
4*« Louis. 

Live at Smith Gap, Pa. 
8" Reuben, b. Sept. 16, 1869, mar. Ella 
Roth. 
1^^ Clarence. 
2*^ Lilly. 
3"^ Martin. 
4*3 Gertrude. 
S'^'' Cula. 



46 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

9*1 Joseph, b. Jan. 23, 1872, d. aged 14 yrs. 
10" Jacob, b. Sept. 20, 1873. At home with 
mother at Penargyl, Pa. 
5^* Elizabeth, mar. (second) Christian Kem- 
merer of Wiirtemberg-, Germany; d. Oct. 17, 
1901, aged 45 yrs., 3 mos., 3 days. 
8^ Sarah, mar. George Eckert. 

1^** Katy Ann, mar. John Slack, b. April 25, 
1840, d. Sept. 12, 1893. 
1" George, b. July 30, 1859, mar. Amanda 
Syder. 
1^2 John. 
2^2 Flora. 
3^=^ Leah. 
4^2 Earl. 
5^'^ Hazel. 
6^2 Beula. 
T'' Russel. 
2" Elsie, b. Sept. 15, 1867, mar. Theo- 
dore Kiefer. 
1^^ Sarah, mar. Reuben Fritz. 2 sons, 2 

dau. 
2^^ Alice, mar. Judson Datesman. 1 
son, 2 dau. 
2^*^ John, mar. and was lost among the Indians 

in the West. 
360 Hyrem, d. in Va. during the Rebellion. 
4^** Abraham, d., had been mar. to nee Gruber. 
560 Frank, mar. nee Seiple. 1 dau. in Bangor — 

mother in Norristown, Pa. 
6^*^ Malinda, mar. Obadiah Oyer. 2 sons, 3 
dau. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 47 

7^ Frances E., mar. Theodore Lockert. 3 dau. 
Live in E. Stroudsburg-. 
9^ Susan, mar. John McCammon. Had 2 sons, one 

mar. Susan Muffly, and have 3 children. 
10^ Anna Maria, mar. (first) Charles Kaufman. 
Mar. (second) John Kuntzman, d. Jan. 20, 1868, 
ag-ed 64 years, 1 month and 17 days. 



CHAPTER XI 

WITH INDIANS, IN REVOLUTION, AT HOME 

JOSEPH (II, 7) was born January 15, 1751. 
Therefore, at the time of the raid, he was ex- 
actly five years and eig-ht months old. With 
his mother and younger brother, he was 
taken to Montreal, Lower Canada, by the Indians. 
How he stood the long" journey of about three 
hundred miles, of which the mother had complained, 
we are not told. According- to the most reliable 
information handed down traditionally in his own 
family, he was among the Indians eig-ht years. 
What a life he then led — its pleasures and sorrows 
can only be imagined. It is reported that the 
daug-hter of an Indian Chief,having lost her brother 
by death, asked and obtained from her father our 
Joseph, whom she wished to take the place of her 
lost brother. Such stories are easily made where 
the material is at hand, and just as easily believed. 
It is true that he did not wish to come back when 
directed by British authority to do so. The main 
reason was, that he had the promise of receiving- a 
rifle in the near future, whilst up to that time he 
had to be contented with the bow and arrow, in the 
use of which, however, he had acquired great skill. 
It is reported that he would hide in the bushes, and 
mimic the voices of various birds, enticing them at 
will into reach, and then shoot them down. Thus, 
once after his return, he called from a distance to 
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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 49 

a friend, asking- to be allowed to shoot an arrow at 
him. The one thus requested, thinking- himself 
safe by reason of the g-reat distance, granted the 
request. Scarcely was the word said, when the ar- 
row from the bow whirred past him — terribly near. 
The man shot at always believed that the young- 
Keller shot exactly where he had kindly aimed. 

At the time of the Revolutionary War, being- 
some twenty years of ag-e, our Joseph Keller en- 
listed as a so-called "Seven-Month Man," but how 
long- he was in the service of the Colonies is not 
known. 

In due time, he returned to the Old Home, 
evidently tired of Indian-life, and also of war as 
well. He looked about him for a partner for life, 
and found such a one near by in the person of 
Maria Magdalene Andre (II, 8), daughter of Leon- 
ard Andre. Looking for a home of their own, they 
crossed the Blue Mountain to Cherry Valley, where, 
likely as Indian captives, he, with mother and 
brother, had spent the first night after their cap- 
ture. The place they selected is most romantic — 
mountains on two sides, and a famous Trout- 
stream, "Cherry Valley Creek," making its own 
soothing music day and night as it hastens toward 
the Delaware Water Gap. 

Joseph Keller, Jr., passed the eighty-first mile- 
stone of his earthly pilgrimage. On a beautiful 
knoll near the creek, are the graves of these an- 
cestors. The grave-stones, inscriptions, and all 
are well preserved. I had the pleasure of visiting 
the sacred spot, where I found but three graves. 



CHAPTER XII 

THE JOSEPH KELLER, JR., FAMILY 

Joseph Keller, Jr. (II, 7), b. Jan. 15, 1751, d. 
Apr. 15, 1832, mar. Maria Magdalene Andre, b. June 
15, 1785, d. Sept. 6, 1831. 
1^* Adam. 
2^ Leonard. 
3^ Joseph. 
4^* Jacob. 
5^ John. 

6^ Peter, b. Aug-. 26, 1794, d. Sept. 20, 1878. 
7^* Henry. 
8^ Elizabeth. 
9^ Mary, b. 1785, d. 1825. 
10^* Sarah. 

11^* Georg-e, b. Jan. 15, 1797, d. Feb. 3, 1871. 
1^^ Adam, mar. Elizabeth Fisher. Moved first 
to Upper Mt. Bethel township, where two 
of their children died. 
1^^ Adam, b. Nov. 26, 1817, d. Sept. 2, 1823. 
2^ Louise, b. Apr. 1, 1821, d. Nov. 25, 1839. 
Moved later to Mifflinburg on the Sus- 
quehanna, and died there. 
2^* Leonard, was by trade a blacksmith, mar., 

had children, and d. 
3^* Joseph, mar. (first) a nee Riegel and had 
children; (second) an English lady, and had 
many more children. Moved near Wilkes 
Barre; later farther west. 
4^ Jacob, mar. Nancy Dennis. Has many children. 
Lives in Briar Creek Valley, Columbia, Co., Pa. 
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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 51 

5^^ John, mar. Mary Johnson. 

j^56 Philip^ moved west, location unknown. 

2^^ Betsey, moved west, location unknown. 

3^"^ Henry. 

4^*^ Sarah. 

5^^ Lucy. 

6^*^ Joseph. 

7'>« John. 

86« William. 

9^6 Mary. 
3'*'' Henry, b. Feb. 25, 1816, d. June 1, '99, mar. (first) 
Maria Geib, b. Nov. 8, 1811, d. May 5, 1873. 

1" Hettie, b. July 5, 1837, in Ashland, O. 

2^^ John, b. April 3, 1843, in Ashland, O. 

3^^ Christopher, b. Oct. 8, 1844, d. Mar. 8, 1845. 

4" Mary, b. Jan. 17, 1846, d. July 13, 1846. 

5" Sarah, b. July 13, 1847. 

6" Nancy, b. June 26, 1849. 

7" Elias, b. May 25, 1852. 
3^'^ Henry, mar. (second) Mary Baker. 

8" William, b. Sept. 20, 1876. 
1" Hettie, mar. Walker V. Fagan, b. Nov. 3, 1836. 

1^ Henry, b. Sept. 16, 1859, mar. Flora E. 
Brown, d. Aug-. 9, 1901. 

2'*^ Aceph S., b. Dec. 23, 1861. 

3^*^ Kate Ina, b. Sept. 3, 1866. 

4^« Amanda Lotitia, b. Nov.23,'68, d. Jan. 2, '91. 

9^ Celia Minnette, b. Oct. 25, 1871. 
2^** Aceph S., mar. Emma Hagerman. 

1^^ Edward C, b. Oct. 11, 1883, d. Nov. 23, '96. 

2^" Russell L., b. July 30, 1887. 
3^ Kate Ina, mar. J. A. VanGundy, b. Feb. 18, 1851. 



52 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

160 William Harrison, b. Jan. 3, 

1888. 
2'^'^ Gordon K., b. Nov. 26, 1890. 
3«" Elizabeth Minnette, b. Oct. 9, 

1892. 
4"" Leah Jean, b. Aug. 9, 1896. 
2" John, mar. Sarah L. McCreary, b. July 
31, 1846. 
r^ A dau. d. 

2^^ Eva L., b. Feb. 9, 1870, mar. Jesse 
C. Frost. 
5^' Sarah, mar. James A. Welsh. 

V'-' Leona Mildred, b. Mar. 1, 1870. 

2«'^ Cuba Lell, b. Dec. 3, 1871. 

3'^'' Bartah May, b. July 9, 1874, d.Sept. 

27, 1876. 
4«'^ Leafy Ellen, b. Aug-. 14, 1876. 
5«'- Ward Kenneth, b. Mar. 23, 1888. 
6" Nancy, mar. Samuel Newton Kieffer, b. 
July 15, 1842. 
1*^=^ Elmer Edson, b. Oct. 21, 1867. 
2*^^ Martha Idell, mar. Elsworth Jump. 

1«* Floyd. 
3^^ Charles Wilbur, b. Jan. 10, 1872, 
mar. Esta L. Lehman, b. Oct. 10, 75. 
V^ Ward Keller, b. May 9, 1896. 
2«^ Bernice L., b. July 25, 1897. 
4^ Eva b. and d. June 23, 1874. 
5«=* Esther, 
7'^ Elias, mar. Mag-dalene Schauwecker, b. 
Oct. 26, 1856. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 53 

!«" Waldo J., b. June 28, 1877, mar. 
Grace D. Downing-. 
1" Donald D., b. Oct. 12, 1904. 

2"^ Cleo T., b. Feb. 25, 1884, d. Jan. 24, 
1887. 

3«« Russell G., b. Apr. 28, 1888. 
8" William, mar. Salome Heft, b. June 18, 
1868. 

1«« Claris F., b. July 14, 1901. 

2*^^ Emma Ruth. 
4*^ Sarah, d., mar. John Smalley, d. 

1^^ Amanda, mar. Hezekiah Butcher. 

1™ Jennie. 
2"^ John Keller, mar. Sophia . 

1^1 Sadie, d. 

2^1 Harry. 

3^^ Bessie. 
3«^ Priscilla, d. 

V^ Lulu, mar. John Bonen. 

2" Minnie, mar. George Cheeseman. 
4"^ Isaac, d., mar. Ella Ellis, d. 
5^^ Franklin Pierce, mar. Hannah Larcomb. 

V^ Fay. 
6^" Charles Leroy, mar. Emma Richard. 

1'^ Flo. 
5*^ Lucy, mar. Isaac Neff. 
1^^ Ibbie. 
2^^ Lor en. 
3'^ Justus. 
4^s John. 
5^^ Christian. 
6^^ Oscar. 



54 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

V Rella. 
8^^ Hattie. 
9^^ Ida, d. 
6^^ Joseph, was a soldier in the Mexican and 

Civil Wars, was not married. 
7'^^ John, mar. Maria Wertman. 

1^6 Orlando W., mar. Kate Ely. 

1" Callie M., mar. Charles Michael. 

2" Grace. 

3^^ Martin. 

4" Mattie. 

5" Harry. 

6" Milo. 

7" Thomas. 
2^^ John, mar. Matilda Marietta. 

1^^ Abbie, mar. 

2^^ Bessie. 

3'8 Rhea. 

4^8 Cuba. 

3^^ George, mar. Jennie . 

4^" William, mar. Eliza Beeklj. 
9^^ Mary, mar. Daniel Wertman. 
1^^ Perry Sylvester. 
2^' Ida S. 
3™ Hattie L. 
4™ Aug-usta A. 
5^" Lorelda M. 
6^9 Jennie B. 
1^9 Perry Sylvester, mar. Belle Simanton. 

1^0 Daniel V., mar. Ilda Richard. 
l«i Mary Belle. 

2^^ Edna O., mar. Levi Harper. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 55 

1«2 Philip. 
3^" Leroy. 
4^ Mabel. 
2" Ida S., mar. Christian Vesper. 
1^^ Carrie. 
2^3 Leafy. 
3^^ Florence. 
3^^ Hattie L., mar. Edward Wiley. 
l^'' Cleo. 
2'" Glorene. 
4^^ Aug-usta A., mar. Randolph Linn. 

1«^ Floyd. 
5^^ Lorelda M., mar. Charles Nelson. 
l^*' Horace V. 
2^6 Florence M. 
6™ Jennie B., mar. Christian Smith. 
1«^ Mildred. 
IP Don W. 
e*'' Peter, mar. Elizabeth Heller, b. Oct. 19, 1798, 
d. Nov. 23, 1886. 
1«« John, b. Oct. 11, 1818, d. April 3, 1886. 
2«« Susan, b. Jan. 2, 1821, d. Mar. 2, 1883. 
3«« Catharine, b. 1823. 
488 Daniel, b. April, 1825, d. Feb. 8, 1904. 
588 Charles, b. April 20, 1827. 
688 i^ary Ann, b. Nov. 29, 1829. 
788 Joseph J., b. Oct. 18, 1832, d. Dec. 11, 1871. 
888 Lewis, b. 1833, d. Sept. 11, 1903. 
988 Louise, •' " 
1088 Sarah, b. 1835. 
1188 William, b. 1837. 
12^8 .Theodore. " " 



56 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

Z^ Catharine, b.l822, mar. Thomas W. Rhodes. 
1^3 Stewart T., b. June 3, 1854, mar. Annie 
Thomson. 
l'^" Millard F., b. May 5, 1886, mar. 
Carrie Martin. 
1^1 Stella, b. Aug-. 28, 1898. 
t'^ Merl, b. April 10, 1901. 
2"" Nellie, b. Aug. 9, 1888, mar. John 

Rex. 
3*"^ Minnie, b. June 20, 1889, mar. 
George Dunning, Sr. 
1^2 George, Jr. 
2^2 Oswin. 

392 Th. W., b. May 1, 1882. 
49'' Irwin G., b. Aug. 29, 1854. 
5^2 Mary M.,b. April 9, 1860, mar. 

Jacob Swink. 
6^2 Jennie, b. April 9, 1860, mar. 
James Peacock. 
1"=^ Claud. 
2«^ Lewis. 
4^^ Daniel, mar. Cath. Jane Drake, b. April 20, 
1828, d. Mar. 27, 1861. 
1^^ Morris Keller. 
2*** Luther Keller. 
Scranton, Pa. 
3"* Mrs. Simon Besaker. 
4^^ Mrs. Horace Decker. 
E. Stroudsburg, Pa. 
5«« Charles, mar. Lavine Smith, b. Feb. 7, 1827, 
d. June 22, 1897. 
r^ Ella, b. Feb. 28, 1853. 




HENRY KELLER (35«) 
(See Page 51) 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 57 

2"-' Frank, b. June 21, 1855, d. June 21, 1857. 

39^ Mary E., b. Oct. 22, 1857. 

4''5 Emma, b. Nov. 25, 1858, mar. William 

Reid. 
5«^ Davie, b. Mar. 15, 1861. 
6"^ Christian, b. Mar. 11, 1864. 
T"" Ang-eline, b. Mar. 18, 1866. 
8^^ Ernest, b. May 10, 1868. 
9"'^ Thomas, b. June 26, 1870. 
3^^ Mary E., mar. Warren Nyce, b. Nov. 
10, 1855, d. Apr. 13, 1892. 

P« AnnaL., b. Sept. 5, 1879, mar. John 
C. Hinton. 

2^'^ Charles E., b. Oct. 8, 1881. 

3^« Lester David, b. Sept. 4, 1888. 
596 Davie, mar. Valeria Nickelson, b. June 
16, 1863. 

P^ Oscar N., b. Dec. 6, 1891. 

2^^ Marg-aret A., b. May 9, 1893. 

337 Alice, b. Aug-. 1, 1899. 

4" Helen Caroline, b. Oct. 25, 1901. 
6^'^ Christian, mar. Anna Hatch. 

1^^ Clayton, b. Mar. 21, 1889. 

2''^ Charles Frederick, b. July 14, 1891. 
I"*-' Angeline, mar. Frank Rice. 

1^3 John, b. Feb. 9, 1890. 

2»^ Mildred, b. Nov. 1, 1892. 

3»» Charles, b. Apr. 9, 1895. 

4^'-' Elizabeth, b. Jan. 20, 1898. 
8"'* Ernest, mar. Laura Fellenser, b. Oct. 
29. 1870. 



58 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

li«« Ella F., b. Jan. 29, 1897. 
2^'"' Emma S., " " " 
9^"^ Thomas, mar. Alice Spencer. 

1101 Ellsworth Spencer, b. May 21, '03. 
Scranton, Pa. 
6^^ Mary Ann, mar. Henry Dennis, b. Jan. 11, 
1830, d. Oct. 10, 1901. " 
V^ Martha Jane, b. Sept. 27, 1850. 
2i'^2 Emma, b. Mar. 13, 1852. 
Sio^ Theodore, b. Sept. 14, 1854. 
41'^ Jennie, b. Aug-. 16, 1856. 
51*^ Lucy, b. June 28, 1858. 
6102 Mary Alice, b. Feb. 12, 1861. 
7102 Charles K., b. Sept. 20, 1863. 
8^2 Elizabeth, b. May 10, 1865. 
9i''2 Kate, b. June 23, 1868. 
10102 Jacob, b. Sept. 23, 1870. 
11102 Lange, b. Mar. 30, 1874. 
Live at Stroudsburg, Pa. 
7*^ Joseph J., mar. Mary J. Rhoads. 6 children. 
1103 Newton, d. Sept. 25, 1857. 
210=^ A dau., d. Dec. 26, 1861, age 3 years, 4 
months and 27 days. 
8^^ Lewis, mar. Julia Werkheiser. 
1188 William, mar. Sarah Kemmerer, b. Feb. 9, 
1834. 

lio"* Anna L., b. Aug. 3, 1866, mar. Simon 
Warich. 
lios Katie, b. July 26, 1892. 
210* Carrie, b. July 7, 1869, mar. George 
Nickelson. 
lio« Mary Ester, b. Jan. 7, 1892. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 59 

2^""^ Hazel, d. 

3i«« Willard Matthias, b. Aug". 12, 1897. 
4106 Leroy William, b. Mar. 10, 1900. 
Live at Bang-or, Pa. 
12^^ Theodore, mar. Martha Staples. 
7'^* Henry, mar. nee Hess. Moved to Columbia Co., 

Pa. 
8'^'' Elizabeth, mar. John Fellenser. Had 5 children, 

alld. 
9-^ Mary, mar. Henry Alg-ert, b. 1780, d. June 4, 
1842. 
11"^ Joseph, b. Mar. 6, 1808, d. June 17, 1877. 
2^«^ Philip, b. Jan. 14, 1810, d. Nov. 8, 1891. 
31"^ John, b. Mar. 3, 1812, d. Aug. 14, 1862. 
410^ Julia, b. Feb. 18, 1818, d. Jan. 25, 1856. 
51"^ Catharine, b. Apr. 10, 1820, d. Mar. 30, '53. 
1^0^ Joseph, mar. Eliza DeRemer, b. Aug. 17, 
1810, d. Feb. 16, 1875. Moved from Pa. to 
New York in 1829. Thence to Wis., 1844. 
li««Cath. Ann, b. July 13, 1828, mar. 

Bacon. Had 8 children, 3 living-. 
2^«« Geo. W., b. Apr. 22, 1830. Had 5 chil- 
dren — Mrs. Webster and 2 sons living. 
3i''« Henry N., b. Feb. 20, 1832. 
4io« Mahala, b. Mar. 6, 1834, d. Aug. 31, '92, 

mar. a Mr. Harington. 
5^°^ Andrew, d. in infancy. 
5108 Margaret, b. Mar. 18, 1838, mar. a Mr. 

Patchin. 1 son living. 
7^"^ Sarah Elizabeth, b. Feb. 17, 1840, d. 
Dec. 4, 1900, mar. a Mr. Dodge. Had 
5 children, 3 living. 



60 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

8108 Maryette, b. Sept. 16, 1842, mar. a Mr. 

Dohm. Had S children, 1 d. 
9^f>^ Hannah, b. Jan. 16, 1850, d. May 30, 
1870, mar. a Mr. Causebaam. Had 2 
children, 1 living-. 
Five more children of this family died. 
Several great-grandchildren are living. 
Jos. Algert was a farmer, a Republican, a 
Free-will Baptist, deacon and chorister for 
many years. 
2^"^ Philip, mar. (first) Christine Beck, b. Dec. 
10, 1813, (is yet living) dau. of Philip Beck 
and wife, Mary, nee Labar. Moved to Can- 
ada about 1795, lived there 17 years, 
moved to N. Y. State, Lake Co., in 1812, 
crossed Lake Ontario on ice with ox-teams. 
Fearing arrest because of war, he changed 
his name to Peck and kept that name there- 
after 
11"=' Rachel, b. May 15, 1841, mar. Luther 

J. Sanford, b. Mar. 5, 1825. 
2109 Willis P., b. July 14, 1851. Ludlow- 

ville, N. Y. 
V^'' Ella A., b. Dec. 29, 1854, 
31" John, mar. Julia Houck, b. May 21, 1818, 
d. Sept. 19, 1898. Dau. of Francis Houck. 
1"" Robert James, b. 1838, d. Sept. 1887. 
2^^° Henry Francis, b. July 24, 1843, mar. 
Luella Sturgis, b. 1845, d. June 29, 
1903, at Tyrone, on the way home from 
the Pacific Coast. She was the dau. of 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 61 

Rev. Dr. Sturg-is, of the Presbyterian 
Church. 

l^ii Mabel Cleveland, b. Sept. 1878. 
She was a graduate of Wilson Col- 
lege, Chambersburg", Pa., and now 
a Senior in Cornell University, 
Ithaca, N. Y. 
3^^** Mary, b. 1845, mar. Jacob Sterner. Has 
9 children living. 
4^"^ Julia, mar. Joseph Hunsberg-er, b. Aug-. 23, 
1817. 

1^12 Mary C, b. Mar. 31, 1841. 
2^^' Fanny A., b. Mar. 22, 1842. 

Live with their father at Centerville, 
Pa. 
3"*'' Henry C, b. July 31, 1844. A lawyer 

in Chicago. 
4"^ Abraham C, b. Mar. 20, 1846. Has an 

aviary near Portland, Pa. 
5""^ Anna Louise, b. Jan. 25, 1857. Widow 
of late Dr. Bush, Stroudsburg, Pa. 
5^"^ Catharine, mar. John Richards, b. Apr. 10, 
1821, d. May 26, 1900. 

1"^ Irvin, b. Nov. 4, 1844, mar. Eleanor 
Dickson, b. Oct. 22, 1843. 
1^1* Carrie KHen, b. Apr. 7, 1872, mar. 
Chas. H. Delts, dentist at Tren- 
ton, N. J. 1 son, b. June 1, 1899. 
2^^* Sarah Lilian, b. Sept. 7, 1873, mar. 
Wm. V. Coleman, 144 13th Street, 
N. Y. 



62 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

2"^ Mary Elizabeth, b. Nov. 15, 1846, mar. 

Wm. Johnson. 
3^^^ Annie Cath., b. Aug. 16, 1849, mar. 
Jas. McCauley. 
Easton, Pa. 
10^ Sarah, mar. Robert Shaw, and moved to 111. 
11^* Georg-e, b. Jan. 15, 1797, d. Feb. 3, 1871, mar. 
(first) Mary Bitja, b. Dec. 15, 1803, d. Oct. 1, 
1825. 

1"^ Edward. 

2^^^ Charles, mar. Mary Ann Felker, d. 
V^" Linford. 

2"*^ Elmira, mar. Lewis Drake. 
1^1^ Emelia. 
2^^^ Clayton. 
3^1^ Charles. 
4"^ Willie, d. 
5^" Nelly, d. 
61" Lilyan, d. 
3"« Georg-e. 
4ii« Samuel. 
5ii« John. 
6"" Horace. 
7"« Milton. 
11^* George, mar. (second) Lovina Lerh, b. Mar. 11, 
1808, d. Aug. 17, 1872. 
3"^ Lewis. 
4"^ Sarah Jane. 
5"^ Sydenham. 
6"^ Eliza. 
7"^ Lucinda. 
8"^ Allen. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 63 

3^^^ Lewis, mar. Matilda Heller. 

l"s Ella. 

2"« Marshall. 

TP" Chester. 
4"^ Sarah Jane, mar. Fred Fellenser. 

1"^ George. 

2^^" Lewis, d. 
5"^ Sydenham, mar. Louise Heller. 

1^20 Orion. 

2^^" Clayton, d. 

3i''^« Horatio, d. 
6"^ Eliza, mar. Fred Long-. 

l^'^i Ella. 

2^^^ Mary, mar. Harry Haden. 

3^21 Flora, d. 

4^21 Clara, d. 

S^^i Gertrude, d. 
7"^ Lucinda, mar. Jacob Rhoads. 

1^^^ Howard, mar. Sally Hinton, Strouds- 
burg-. Pa. 

2^^'^ William. 

3^^'^ Eliza, mar. John Bader, 4 children. 

4122 Matilda, mar. John Dixon. 

S^'^'^ Owen. 

61'^'^ Allen. 

71" Frederick. 

gm Norman, mar. Fannie Schafer, 1 child. 

Q^'-^"^ Laura, mar., lives ia Philadelphia, Pa. 
W' Claude. 



CHAPTER XIII 

LOST AMONG THE INDIANS 

JOHN JACOB (6^), the sixth child of Joseph 
Keller, Sr., was 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days 
old when captured by the Indians. All we 

know is simply — he was lost! Lost, so far as 
his tender mortal life was concerned. That he 
could have walked the journey of three hundred 
miles cannot be supposed; that the Indians or the 
mother should have carried him is just as hard to 
believe. In either case, or both combined, it is but 
natural to suppose that the mother after her return 
would have told the sad story; and if so, it would 
have been handed down as a sacred reminiscence. 
What then remains to be believed ? Either that 
the Indians traded him off as best they could on 
the way; or killed and scalped him also, all un- 
known to the mother. To the latter supposition 
we may be inclined by reason of the tempting- pre- 
mium offered by the g-rand French Government. 

The Lord g^ave, and the Lord allowed to be 
taken away; and yet the Lord took g-ood care of 
little John Keller — lost to us a little while, but not 
to Him ! He came not to his parents, but they 
went to him. 



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CHAPTER XIV 

JOHN JACOB, THE SECOND, AND FAMILY 

THIS John Jacob Keller (7^) was the seventh 
child of Joseph Keller, Sr., and at the time 
of the Indian raid was five months and 
twenty-four da)'s old — too young*, as we know, to 
be bereft of the service of the mother. That he 
was given an older brother's name seems strang-e; 
but such was the case, as is testified by the writing 
of the father in the old Family Bible. This fact 
bears strong- testimony to the state of his mind at 
that time. Like the Patriarch, Jacob of old, he 
too could say in deep sorrow: "Me have ye be- 
reaved of my children; Joseph is not — all things 
are against me." Four of the family were gone, 
possibly never to return; and only five left; and of 
what value should a mother be estimated over 
against a helpless babe ? The strongest heart, 
under such circumstances, would surely be crushed 
to the ground. 

Of this son also, we have but little informa- 
tion. He grew up in the Old Home undisturbed. 
He married Maria Dorothy Metz, a family name 
still found, like that of Andre, in that community. 
He moved to Somerset Township, Washington 
County, Pa., and later, to the State of Ohio. 
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66 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMU.Y 

It appears that they had the following- children: 

1^28 Joseph. 

2^'^ Jacob. 

3^-'^ Margaret. 

^•^^ Philip. 

51'^" John. 
c^vii ;^gy^ John Keller, son of John Jacob Keller and 
wife, Maria Dorothy Metz, b. Jan. 15, 1801, in 
Somerset, Washington Co., Pa., d. May 21, '52. 
Rev. Keller mar. Lydia Preish, b. Sept. 2, 1811, 
d. May 28, 1864. 

l^-" Lucy, b. 1832, mar. Philip Wahl, of Clar- 
ence, N. Y. 

2^^" Mary Elizabeth, b. May 26, 1834, d. Nov. 

14, 1893, mar. William Emert, of Lockport, 
N. Y. 

1125 Charles Wm., b. July 9, 1857. 

2^^ Jennie Louise, b. June 27, 1862, d. Oct. 

20, 1865. 
3^"^^ Edwin John, b. Mar. 31, 1867, Lock- 
port, N. Y. 
4^25 Herbert Keller, b. Nov. 15, 1873. 
3^'-* Matilda, b. Mar. 1837, d. Dec. 14, 1857, mar. 

Chas. Schlegel. 
4124 Louise, b. June 29, 1838, d. Mar. 6, 1887, 
mar. Geo. Zurbrick, b. June 5, 1839, d. May 

15, 1886. 

l^-^" Albert, b. July 7, 1863, d. Apr. 20, '64. 

2^^" William Warren, b. Feb. 14, 1866. 
512* John, b. Jan. 1847, d. Sept. 15, 1868. 
6^24 Helena Amelia, b. May 30, 1851. 
All the children of Rev. Keller have died. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 67 

* 
Rev. John Keller studied under the direction of 

Rev. Georg-e Weisz, Lancaster, Ohio; was licensed 
and ordained b}' the Reformed Synod of Ohio in 
1827; came to Townline (later called Lancaster), 
Erie Co., State of New York, in 1833; was a mem- 
ber of Erie Classis, which seceded from the Synod 
of Ohio. His purpose was to return to his former 
church connection, but whether he did so, we are 
not informed — nor can we g-ive the cause of said 
secession. 

Returning- from Ohio in the Fall of 1878, I 
called at Lancaster, Erie Co., N. Y., and met Mr. 
and Mrs. Zurbrick, both feeble. They were exceed- 
ingly glad to see me, and especially to be assured 
that our family was not yet dying out of consump- 
tion, as they had feared. After that we corres- 
ponded and exchanged photographs. Their pic- 
tures are now to me mementoes of their kindly 
feelings. 



CHAPTER XV 

FIRST GLIMPSE AT THE PHILIP KELLER, SR. 
FAMILY 

PHILIP KELLER, Sr. (S^— II, 11), like David 
of old, could say: "I was the young^est of my 
father's family;" and say too, "the seventh 
son." The years rolled more quietly on than be- 
fore; and finding- plenty of labor, as well as needful 
rest, he developed a model manhood. When twenty- 
two years of ag-e, he looked about for a partner for 
life, and found Sarah Miller (II, 12), first wife of 
Philip Keller, Sr. (b. Sept. 27, 1763, d. Oct. 16, 
1804), and daug-hter of Henry Miller, Sr., in the 
so-called "Settlement" on the Lehig-h River. She 
was of his own ag^e, and of his own people. The 
Miller family had before lived as neig-hbors to the 
Kellers; but in quest of better land, moved away — 
Sarah, however, was not forg-otten. This union 
was blessed with three children, all sons: 

112' John Henry, b. Dec. 24, 1786. 

2^'" Jacob, b. Dec. 21, 1787. 

3'-' Adam, b. Oct. 27, 1790. 

On Sept. 17, 1800, his father died, and April 
22, 1802, his mother also. The young-est son, 
when but thirteen years and eig-ht months old, was 
instantly killed (June 28, 1804) when hauling- hay. 
The boy was on the wag-on. The day being- stormy, 
some hay was blown upon the horses frightening- 
them, whereupon they ran away. Little Adam 

(68) 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 69 

(III, 36) was thrown off the load of hay, and was 
crushed to death under the wheels of the wag-on. 
In the same year, Oct. 16, the mother also died. 
All these are buried at the Plainfield Church, 
Northampton Co., Pa. Thus within the space of 
but four years, death cast its shadow over this 
family no fewer than four times, so that with the 
exception of two sons, mere lads, the father was 
left alone. He entered a second marriag-e with 
widow Susannah Engler (II, 13), of Moore Town- 
ship, Pa., born Nov. 22, 1770. She had one daug^h- 
ter and two sons, who moved into the Keller home 
with her, where there was not only room, but also 
work for all. More than this, he built another 
house near his own for his new father-in-law. Rev. 
Peter Fred Niemeyer (b. Aug-. 24, 1733, d. Aug-. 
16, 1815) and wife Maria, nee Horn (b. Aug-. 24, 
1743, d. Aug-. 4, 1816). His second marriag-e was 
blessed with one child, a daughter: 

4127 Sarah (III, 37), b. Oct. 5, 1807. 

After the death of Sr. Father Niemeyer, the 
house in which they had lived, built and owned by 
Father Keller, was converted into a school house. 
There for a number of years a day-school was held 
for the benefit of the neig-hborhood, at the patron's 
expense so far as current expenses were concerned. 
Philip Keller, Sr., when at his best, was considered 
the strong-est man, physically, in his community. 
There are several feats of his known, which may 
here be mentioned. Wrestling- was at that time 
considered a test of streng-th, especially of agility. 
At public g-atherings such sports were extensively 



70 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

indulged in. A larg-e ring- was formed and then 
the arena for contestants was ready. Now, it once 
so happened that a neighbor of his, small in 
stature, was a noted wrestler — especially so in his 
own estimation — who, being- eager to gain another 
red feather for his cap, challenged Father Keller 
to a contest. Not to accept such a challenge was 
considered cowardice. The one refusing was de- 
spised by everyone. All were no doubt eager to see 
the outcome of so unequal a contest. When both 
were ready. Father Keller took his opponent easily 
under one arm; and, amid a general shout of admi- 
ration, carried him struggling in vain out of the 
ring, and thus ended the conflict. 

There was another and far more daring feat. 
A large ox was to be slaughtered at his own house, 
or rather in the meadow at the barn. The way to 
do it was, one man with a sledge would knock the 
animal down, and another would immediately cut 
its throat. Father Keller stood ready with the 
knife, while the other man used the sledge. The ox 
fell on its knees, and with that Father Keller was 
on its neck cutting away at its throat. The ox, 
however, regained its feet and ran down the mead- 
ow. Father Keller still on its neck and at his work. 
The end was that both fell down together covered 
with blood — Father Keller, however, had gained 
the victory. My mother (his stepdaughter) was 
an eye-witness and always shuddered when she re- 
lated the conflict many years after. 

He enlarged his property and was prospered in 
all his affairs. When his sons were married, he 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 71 

looked about for more and better land. With such 
intention, he visited the Shawnee Valley, on the 
Susquehanna River between Wilkes Barre and 
Nantikoke, Pa. He went there with his own con- 
veyance, having- hitched up "Stocking-." It was 
the Fall of the year. The land was like a rich gar- 
den. The corn was wonderfull}' large, but there 
were plenty of farms for sale at a reasonable price. 
On all sides, however, severe fevers and g-reat 
misery prevailed. He himself told his story thus: 
"I untied 'Stocking' and said to him, let's g-o 
home, Plainfield is good enough for us." Soon 
after, he bought a farm on the Delaware, north of 
Easton and a little west of Howell's store, mill, 
etc. In 1826 he moved there, accompanied by his 
daughter and stepsons, Joseph and George Engler. 
In that home, well sheltered by a range of hills on 
the west and looking pleasantly toward the Dela- 
ware on the east, he spent in quietude the evening 
of his life. 

He died Oct. 2, 1842, aged 79 yrs., 6 mos., 3 
days. 

Sarah died Mar. 17, 1856, aged 48 yrs., 7 mos., 
12 days. 

Grandmother Keller died Dec. 4, 1859, aged 89 
yrs., 12 days. 

These are buried on the banks of the Dela- 
ware at the "Three Churches," in lower Mt. Bethel 
Township, Northampton Co., Pa. 



CHAPTER XVI 

JOHN HENRY KELLER (Ii27_ni,32) 

A CHARACTERISTIC of the names in the 
Keller family from the beginnings down is 
that the foremost place is held by Scripture 
names. In this case, however, the name Henry 
was no doubt accepted in honor of the child's 
grandfather, Henry Miller. Well might this be 
allowed, for in his whole make-up, especially phys- 
ical, he was not of the old Keller type as his father 
was, but of the Miller type. 

He was more than thirty years old when he 
married. His wife was Mary Engler (III, 33), born 
July 4, 1797, and was a stepdaughter of his father. 
We may virtually say that when his father, Philip, 
Sr., chose a second wife for himself, he also chose 
a wife for his oldest son. It is yet a great ques- 
tion, whether the old German way of parents look- 
ing out the partners for their children is not the 
wiser and better way. Undoubtedly, many a one 
would have fared infinitely better had he accepted 
such parental advice. 

The following are the children: 

1^28 Philip, b. Jan. 6, 1818. 

2^28 Anna, b. Mar. 31, 1820. 

3^28 Amos, b. Nov. 10, 1822. 

4128 Eli, b. Dec. 20, 1825. 

5^28 Joel Frederick, b. Mar. 31, 1829. 

6i^« Aaron Henry, b. Nov. 16, 1832. 

7^28 Joseph Allen, b. Mar. 27, 1836. 

8^28 Susannah, b. June 12, 1840. 
(72) 




Anna (IV, 3) Philip (IV, 1) Susannah (IV, 13) 

Amos (IV, 5) John Henry (111,32) Mary Engler (111,33) Joseph A. (IV, 11) 

Eli (IV, 6) Joel F. (IV. 8) Aaron H. (IV, 10) 

THE JOHN HENRY KELLER (IH, 32) FAMILY 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 73 

Should we characterize father in one word, we 
would say, "A man intensely active." On his 
father's property, half a mile north of the first 
home, were a grist and saw mill and a lime kiln. 
The territory covered by this property was much 
more than is now covered by the town of Delabole. 
There a house was built, a home established and 
occupied till 1835, when he moved to a farm more 
than a mile nearer the Plainfield Church. 

He was a farmer, miller, captain, major, 
colonel, brigade inspector, justice of the peace, no- 
tary public, associate judg-e of the count}^ and an 
active member and elder in the Reformed Church. 
He was the author of a special plan for raising- and 
protecting the funds of our theological seminary at 
Mercersberg, Pa. The plan was known as the 
"Plainfield Bonds." The plan was to leave the 
principal, covered by bonds, in the hands of the 
donors, unless the payment of the principal and the 
interest was preferred. The trustees, much pleased 
with the plan for this protection against all pos- 
sible loss, desired to call these bonds "Keller's 
Bonds." But he objected and suggested the name, 
"Plainfield Bonds". 

In the Spring of 1856, the whole family moved 
to Crawford Co., Ohio, and a year later his brother 
Jacob (UI, 34), with his family, followed to the 
same place. When young, he had already desired 
to go westward, but his father objected. Later, 
however, the desire again manifested itself, but 
was opposed by mother. Finally, all were of one 
mind, and the previous dreams were realized. The 



74 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

fond hope to remain near tog-ether was possibly 
the chief motive for this removal. Alas, for such 
earthly hopes! The terrible Rebellion, worse than 
any tornado which ever swept the earth, swept over 
our land. Three sons as volunteers went to the 
front, and two of them, killed in one battle, were 
brought back pierced and murdered corpses, and 
were buried in one g-rave. One son, a minister of 
the Gospel, was called to another field. Another 
son, a professor in Heidelberg- College, was also 
away. The youngest of the family married and 
moved away. Yet, amid all this, he never mur- 
mured nor complained. When, in his seventieth 
year he left his old home, he laid aside all his public 
labors and responsibilities and confined himself to 
his narrowed and quiet home circle. He attended 
church and prayer-meeting, read his devotional 
books and current news of the day regularly. 
When apparently alread}' in a comatose state, he 
desired a family meeting, and he himself appointed 
the time for it. When we were all present and 
asked for an expression of his wishes, he answered: 
"Once more as a family here on earth, let us wor- 
ship tog-ether." His death was literally a falling 
asleep. He died September 10, 1867, aged 80 years, 
8 months, 17 days. Mother died November 18, 1884, 
aged 87 years, 4 months, 14 days. Both are buried 
at Bucyrus, Ohio, by the side of their patriot-sons 
on the banks of the Sandusky river. 

One of his last acts for the community was the 
securing and laying out of a large Union Cemetery 
on the banks of the Sandusky river at Bucyrus, 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 75 

Ohio. "When all was completed, the trustees, since 
he was the oldest of them, said he should select his 
plot first. In compliance with this request, he 
selected his plot on a fine knoll near the river. 

I.— FAMILY LIFE 

Before following- up the members of this fam- 
ily individually, we will briefly review the sur- 
roundings and movings of the same — constituting- 
what may be called their family life. How much 
everyone owes to the varied surroundings amid 
which his or her life was spent from infancy up, no 
one can tell. It is no doubt true that all of us are 
"the creatures of circumstances." Some of the cir- 
cumstances of this family of John Henry Keller, we 
will therefore here notice. 

a. There wa.s no room left for idleness. The 
large farm, supplied with all needed buildings, 
contained many acres. At first (1835) there was 
far more woodland than was needed. That sur- 
plus was, year by year, cleared away and turned in- 
to productive fields. The fences were built of chest- 
nut rails— the worm-fence of seven or eight rails to 
the panel, which, to aid appearance, was taken 
down and rebuilt almost every Spring. Heavy crops 
of rye, oats, and corn made much work in thresh- 
ing, etc. All kinds of labor-saving machines had 
not yet been invented. Well-kept horses and cat- 
tle produced piles of manure, which in its time, 
had to be spread over the fields and meadows. Es- 
pecially did the raising and manufacturing of flax 



76 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

make continuous and woeful work. In short, for 
everyone, early and late, there was — work ! 

b. There were also amusements. Hunting- and 
fishing- at any time were not prohibited. Early in 
the Spring, the speckled trout lured us away to the 
mountain streams. Miles seemed short to get to 
the rig-ht place at daj-break— long- before sunrise. 
If the air was calm and mild, a long- string of 
"beauties" was the sure reward. In the spring-time, 
but more especially the Fall of the year, the wild 
pigeons afforded much sport. Around the buck- 
wheat-fields, early in the morning, and late in the 
evening they were swarming. At noon their happy 
"eight ! eight !" was heard along the waters in the 
heavy timbers on the low grounds. The well- 
trained hunter would select his position, and at 
times the game came as fast as he could load his 
flint-locked gun and shoot them down. More 
amusement than this was afforded in pigeon-catch- 
ing with the net. In this process not a bird was 
wounded, and often flocks numbering dozens were 
caught in a moment — but being caught the heads 
of the birds were crushed by the thumb or even by 
the teeth of the hunter — so cruel is avaricious 
man ! In the Fall of the year, and amid the snows 
of early Winter, the hunting- of deer on the moun- 
tains was an inspiration. As a rule, they knew 
how to take care of themselves, yet, for once, I had 
the pleasure, early in the morning, of shooting a 
fine roe, which, having removed its intestines, I 
carried triumphantly home. 

But why must I refer to such experiences as 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 77 

sources of amusement ? Much of the labor on the 
farm was in itself rich -pleasure. When the g-reen 
meadows were almost read}'^ for mowing-, the time 
seemed long- till the sharp scythes could be swung- 
in g-rand reg-ularit)', and the swathes laid long- and 
thick. When the rich ripe rye was bending- low 
under its weig-ht, what exquisite pleasure to swing- 
with strong- arms the cradle, and cut it squarely 
down; then close behind, the farmer's daug-hter, 
blooming- in health, deftly handling- the rake, 
would pile the sheaves along-; rig-ht after her, the 
binder with strong- arms and bands was binding- up 
the g-olden sheaves. What pleasure, when the last 
load of hay or g-rain cleaned a field, it was to swing- 
the hat with a hearty "Hurrah !" or, when the last 
fork of hay was thrown up into the steaming- mow 
filled to the top, how g-reat was the delig-ht to sink 
back on the soft warm bed with the exclamation, 
"It's done." 

c. There was a strict observance of Sunday. 
The Lord's Day at that time was larg-ely spent in 
idleness, and the proverb, "The devil finds work for 
idle hands to do," was applicable. Father Keller 
opposed this desecration, and required his family 
to keep holy the Sabbath day. He bougfht a family 
library of books of the American Tract Society, 
and the periodicals, "American Messeng-er" and 
"Amerikanischer Botschafter," were from week to 
week circulated in the community. Sunday schools 
were established and maintained in almost every 
schoolhouse far and wide. 

d. At the same time intemperance was opposed. 



78 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

The old custom of g-iving- strong- drink to laborers, 
especially in haymaking- and harvest time, as also 
at so-called frolics, made for all manner of purposes, 
was abandoned. Father Keller, building a barn in 
1840, a house at Delabole in 1849, and a mill there, 
too, in 1850, had need of many such gatherings; but 
in the face of all manner of sneers, there was no 
liquor to be had; he himself, however, remained 
one of the most cheerful on the ground. 

e. Rev. Father Th. Pomp^ the beloved pastor 
of the Plainfield Reformed Congregation, retired 
after more than fifty years of labor, and a man of 
the world became his successor. The same was 
later expelled from the ministry. 

y. Under these circumstances, practical Chris- 
tianity was at a low ebb. The Keller family, with 
others, introduced weekly prayei'meetingSy which 
were held in such houses as were freely opened. 
In this connection also, family devotions were es- 
tablished by those sufficiently interested. However, 
the services of the church were not neglected. It 
was a movement like that of the Pietists in Wiir- 
temberg, Germany; but not like that of the Separa- 
tists in the same countr3\ 

g. The Keller boys learned trades. This idea 
was taken up from the custom of the Jews, and 
finds expression in the proverb, "A trade is an 
estate." Philip (IV, 1), having as the first-born 
much to do at home, studied algebra under an old 
German, Steltzner, and later surveying also under 
the direction of his own father. Amos (IV, 5) 
learned shoemaking of Th, Chamberlain, who lived 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 79 

in one of their houses. Eli (IV, 6) learned weav- 
ing of Peter Rader who lived in the house formerly 
occupied by Mr. Chamberlain. Joel F. (IV, 8) 
learned milling- of Aaron Rader in his father's mill. 
Aaron Henry (IV, 10) learned blacksmithing of 
Frederick Bartholomew in his father's blacksmith 
shop. 

h. Of these boys, at least four in their time — 
Philip, Eli, Joel F., and Joseph A. — were teachers 
in the public schools. The schools in many dis- 
tricts were not numerically strong, nor were there 
so many branches of studies required as in later 
years; nevertheless, for all practical purposes, very 
valuable work was done. The idea prevailed that 
education and religion should go hand in hand, 
and that God should be acknowledged in the school 
as well as in the family and the church. 

/. All of them also took an interest in military 
affairs. Philip was lieutenant in the militia. 
Amos was the captain of his own company. Eli 
and Aaron H. were lieutenants in volunteer com- 
panies. There was a time when, in a vacated 
stone house at the Keller Home, the lathes and the 
loom were in the same room side by side making 
not a little noise. Not always, however, was the 
sound of industry heard, but the music of the clari- 
net and the German flute were also heard amidst 
the din of industry. In a corner stood old U. S. 
muskets (bayonets and all) which were used in 
manual and military drill. All these things with 
many others not mentioned entered into the make- 
up of this family. 



80 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

II.— REMOVAL TO OHIO 

To this Keller family, the removal to Ohio 
was an important event which well deserves atten- 
tion. The movement was not a hasty one, but one 
matured and carried out after long- consideration. 
The common desire to remain tog-ether, of which 
I spoke before, was the chief reason for the g-eneral 
removal; yet numerous other reasons tending- to 
the same end deserve notice. It was well under- 
stood that there was better land westward, which 
could be cultivated with more ease and better 
results; that the use of lime on the land, so pecu- 
liarly galling- to them, could be dispensed with. 
This consideration received special force from the 
fact that one of their number, Joel F., whose 
health was forcing- him to leave the mill, was 
anxious to move to the West. It was also under- 
stood that in the State of Ohio education, morality, 
and relig-ion stood on a higher plane. Father 
Keller, though sixty-nine years of ag-e and actuated 
by such high considerations, made a tour of inspec- 
tion as far west as Illinois. There he also visited 
old neighbors and friends, and on his return stopped 
off at Galion, Ohio. In that town lived Rev. Dr. 
Max Stern, a Reformed minister, formerly of near 
Easton, Pa., in whom father had all confidence. 
Dr. Stern gave father into the care of another 
Pennsylvanian, Mr. Shumaker, who was to be 
father's guide on a tour of inspection in the north- 
ern part of Crawford County to look at the land 
and search out such farms as might be for sale. 
He at once boug-ht a farm of more than two hun- 




Amos (IV, 5) Jc.sepli (IV, 11) Aaron (IV, 10) 

THREE OF THE KELLER SOLDIERS 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 81 

dred acres north-east of Bucyrus and near Annapo- 
lis (now Sulphur Spring-s) on the Broken Sword 
creek. The soil is of the best. Springs and run- 
ning water flow the year round. Plenty of choice 
timber is to be found. All needed buildings are in 
excellent condition. Being an old surveyor, he 
surveyed the property with his eye, and planted 
his foot there as the center of a new home for his 
whole family. 

In the Spring of 1856, this Keller family, al- 
ready composed of three families and a few other 
families who joined in, moved together and settled 
in the same neighborhood in Crawford Co., Ohio. 

One year later, an unexpected event occurred, 
when Father's only living brother, Jacob Keller 
(III, 34), sold out his property, the oldest Keller 
home (consecrated by labor, blood, and tears) and 
also in a group of three other families moved to 
the verj' same neighborhood in Ohio. This almost 
wholesale removal from Northampton County, Pa., 
stirred the old community, and not a few friends 
came as visitors to see the place of the new settle- 
ment. One of those old neighbors, having accom- 
panied Father one day to a point affording a good 
view of the Ruppert farm, said: "When I heard 
of your removal in your old days I said, 'He must 
be foolish for doing that', but I will not say so any 
more." 

III.— SUNNY DAYS IN THE BUCKEYE STATE 
It did not take long until all these Kellers had 
settled down to some useful and permanent work. 



82 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

Father found a home in Bucyrus, the county seat; 
Uncle Jacob, (III, 34) in Annapolis. Philip 
(IV, 1) established himself on the farm already 
mentioned. Amos (IV, 5) conducted a hardware 
store in Annapolis. Anna (IV, 3) stood a true 
Martha by the side of the parents. Eli (IV, 6) filled 
an appointment for preaching the first Sunday 
after his arrival, and was at once elected pastor of 
the Bucyrus charge of the Reformed church. Joel 
F. (IV, 8) received a farm adjoining- Philip's, so 
that the two brothers labored side by side, separated 
by the Broken Sword creek. Aaron H. (IV, 10) be- 
came a partner in a Bucyrus planing mill. Joseph 
(IV, 11) and Susannah (IV, 13) attended College 
at Tiffin. Uncle Jacob bought one farm a little 
northeast of the Ruppert farm before mentioned, 
for his only son, Joseph (IV, 17), and yet another 
for his son-in-law, Abraham Bower (IV, 16), a short 
distance southwest of Annapolis. Thus all found 
their places, and labor adapted to their respective 
tastes and abilities. We were told by our neighbors 
of a scourge of fever ague, from which the first 
settlers, before the marshy places were drained, had 
suffered, and the prediction was made that we too 
would have to be "initiated" into the mystic secrets 
of the order — but such was not the case for we 
were blessed with health and happiness. Those 
were five sunny years to the time of the great Re- 
bellion. We have called the years but daj^s, inas- 
much as they were spent, alas, too soon. For a 
little while, prosperity smiled upon us and cheered 
our hearts, whilst in the certain and near future 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 83 

the thunders of the coming- war-storm seemed to 
forebode what was to come so soon. 

IV.— THE REBELLION 

Early in 1861, our g-reat Rebellion, like a mon- 
ster volcano, burst forth, threatening" destruction to 
all near and dear to patriotic hearts. It was like a 
destructive Simoon coming over us from the South. 
Father Keller often said: "I anticipated all this, 
but did not expect to see it in my own time." Ab- 
bott, the historian, sums up the object of the Re- 
bellion thus: "It was the desig-n of the rebels to 
overthrow these free institutions, and in their stead 
to introduce the reig-n of Slavery. Capital was to 
own labor. The industrial classes were to be 
slaves, kept in forced ig-norance. The privileg-ed 
classes were to live in indolence and luxury, main- 
tained by the toil of their unpaid serfs." 

The entire North had to be wakened up by the 
thunders of their own cannon to a rig-ht sense of 
the unspeakably g-reat interests at stake. The 
country was shaken worse than it ever was, or ever 
could be, by an earthquake. The waves of Rebel- 
lion thus roaring- and running- hig-h seeming-ly had 
to strike the Keller family also. 

A classmate of Joseph's in Heidelberg- Colleg-e 
at Tiffin, and other students, at once enlisted in the 
8th O. V. I. for three months. Joseph was moved 
to write to Father concerning- his own duty. The 
advice given was, not to be disturbed, but to pur- 
sue his studies at least to his g-raduation. The 
hardware store of Amos at Annapolis became the 



84 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

war center of the community. The young- men, 
night after nig-ht, gathered in, and under the ex- 
perienced eye of Amos, engaged of their own free 
will in the drill of military tactics. Brother Aaron 
H. was naturally drawn into the same strong 
current. This was only the opening scene of the 
drama then to follow. From the young men came 
very soon the challenge direct to the two Kellers: 
"You be our leaders, as volunteers, and we will 
follow." This challenge, in harmony with the 
spirit of our government, with the crying wants 
of the time, and therefore also with their own con- 
sciences, had to be obeyed. 

Then brothers Amos, Aaron H., and Joseph A. 
entered Camp Noble, Tiffin, Ohio, August 15, 1861. 
In the organization of the 49th regiment, O. V. I., 
their company was C, to which was entrusted the 
regimental flag. We cannot here follow in marches 
and counter-marches— by day and by night, in rain 
and in sunshine — down into Alabama and along 
the Mississippi; and back again to Tennessee, 
where, on the last da}' of December, 1862, in the 
early morning of the battle of Murfreesborough, 
Captain Amos and Lieutenant Aaron H. were sacri- 
ficed. On the very next day, January 1, 1863, the 
Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, of 
which Abbott says: "The introduction of colored 
men into the army was one of the most momentous 
events in the history of the war. In less than six 
months one hundred thousand stalwart men of 
Ethiopian descent were clothed in the uniform of 
American soldiers." Their position, under General 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 85 

Rosecrans, was on the extreme rig-ht wing-, where 
the enemy in massed columns forced our line back 
more than two miles. It was like Gettysburg- later 
— first defeat, then victory, southern dash, northern 
endurance. It was like Gettysburg in this respect; 
as the noble General Reynolds had to be sacrificed 
at the beg-inning- of the conflict, of whom Abbott 
says: "Foremost in the fray rode the undaunted 
Reynolds, to meet, alas! the relentless death which 
had marked his brave life for that day's first crown 
of holy sacrifice." So too at the very beginning of 
this battle of three days these brothers fell. Amos 
was mortally wounded. The life of Aaron, whose 
one limb had been carried away by a cannon ball, 
might have been spared had he been properly cared 
for. From early dawn on the last day of Decem- 
ber till late in the afternoon of the next day, Jan- 
uary 1— thirty-five hours — they were left unat- 
tended and exposed. Only half an hour before 
Amos expired, they were broug-ht together in a log- 
cabin, near where they had fallen. On September 
9, 1862, brother Joseph, prostrated by heavy 
marches, was brought from Murfreesborough to 
Nashville (city hospital No. 13), and on December 
17, was discharged from the service. Father Kel- 
ler and a few friends had visited the army but a 
short time before that battle, so full of sadness to 
us. Brother Aaron died January 25, 1863. Both 
were buried on the battlefield, but their bodies 
were soon after taken up by brother Joel and, by 
a month of persevering labor, brought back to 
Bucyrus and buried side by side on the family plot. 



86 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

A letter from Colonel William Gibson to Father 
Keller now follows: 

Hd. Qr. 2d Division, 28th Army Corps, 
Camp Sii,i„ Feb. 3d, 1863. 
Hon. John Kei<i,BR, 

Dear Sir:— I feel it due alike to yourself and to the 
noble dead, that I should offer at least one word of consola- 
tion in this the hour of your sorrow. 

I first met your sons as soldiers, and after long associ- 
ations in camp — on the march, and on many battle-fields; 
they have gone to their reward. 

I am spared. They fell like patriot heroes in the per- 
formance of duty. "When our flag and our national integ- 
rity were assailed by wicked traitors, your sons rushed to 
the rescue and they have fallen noble martyrs for the right. 
Their country will do honor to their memory! To the 
courage of them and their command, I had committed the 
safety of our Regimental banner. Under its ample folds 
they fell, and with them, two of the brave color guard. 
The company mourns its fallen officers; and the veteran 
Regiment drops from its rolls the names of two officers 
loved alike by all who met them. 

To their natural goodness of heart they added all the 
graces of education; and all the qualities of brave, prudent 
and accomplished officers and soldiers. Entering the ser- 
vice from motives of duty, they never failed to meet any 
responsibility and duty of their position. Honest in every 
way, their business was always in perfect order, and never 
during all their term of service, had I occasion to urge them 
to duty, or chide them for neglect in anything. 

Their places cannot be filled in the Regiment! But 
they are gone! We should remember that all must die, and 
death being a mere matter of time, we must not grieve 
when friends pass from the strifes, the trials and the sor- 
rows of this world, to the realms of eternal peace and 
glory. 

In your case you mourn not "as one without hope." 



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Educated in all the doctrines of our holy Religion, your 
sons lived and died, illustrating the power and value of 
that "faith that works by love and purifies the soul." 
Morning and evening, in camp and on the tented field, they 
regularly called on God in prayer, and never blushed to 
own that they were Christians. Before and since their 
fall I often remarked that in all my life I had never met 
such a noble example of real Christianity, as in Capt. Kel- 
ler and Lieut. Keller. But they have fought their last 
battle. They died in honor, defending our great political 
inheritance. The sharp clash of musketry and roar of 
artillery will never more fall upon their ears, but for the 
martial music of the field and the combat, they will drink 
in the swelling anthems of angel hosts, in the grand tem- 
ple of God and the redeemed. 

As survivors we should strive to show ourselves worthy 
of that "Great Reward", and meet our departed compan- 
ions in the better world. 

God is in all things, and you will draw from the rich 
treasures of his holy word encouragement in your sorrow. 
I earnestly invoke the Divine grace to sustain yourself and 
family in this sad affliction; and I know that your Christian 
impressions w^ill enable you to say; "The Lord gave and 
the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the 
Lord." I am most respectfully, 

W. H. GIBSON, 
Col. 49th Ohio Com'd'g Divs. 

Abbott, the historian, thus summed up the 
achievements of the war: "A generation has come 
and gone since the Rebellion, and what a mighty 
influence has been exerted by the men who fell in 
the struggle. We look upon the marble shaft and 
of read the battles chronicled there, and they tell us 
the hardships endured and victories won and we saj^: 
These men are dead ! O, No ! they are living ! and 
the hallowed influence of their actions has kindled 



88 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

a watch-fire in this nation, that no tyrant can ever 
put out. 

•'The great mission of the U. S. now is, to 
build up here the most majestic empire on this 
globe — with every man inspired by all the energies 
of republican freedom, and our whole magnificent 
domain, from ocean to ocean, and from Arctic ice to 
Tropic sun, smiling with happy homes — with wav- 
ing fields and blooming gardens, and bright fire- 
sides — with the music of all industries, and the 
song of young men and maidens, and the joys of 
the bridal — with cities gorgeous with more than 
the fabled splendors of the Orient — with all that is 
massive in architecture, and ennobling in painting 
and sculpture, and the arts of the beautiful. And 
more than all this — infinitely more — that here in 
happy homes on earth, we may all be preparing for 
still happier homes in the skies. 

"Here is scope for genius and goodness and 
energy in their highest combinations. We want 
no more of the dreadful achievements of war; no 
more of bombarded cities, and smouldering villages 
and midnight marches, and rain-swept bivouacs, 
and gory fields and crowded hospitals, and wounds, 
and groans, and death — with their distant echoes 
of weeping widows and wailing orphans — no more, 
O God ! no more. But give us Peace ! " 

v.— GENEALOGICAL TABLE 
J128 Philip Keller (son of John Henry Keller), mar. 
Hannah T. Stocker, b. July 25, 1822, dau. of 
Francis Stocker and wife Barbara, nee Stoflet. 
1129 Maria, b. Nov. 22, 1846, d. Dec. 4, 1892. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 89 

2^2' Sabina E., b. Nov. 22, 1847. 
3^2^ Susannah E., b. Sept. 16, 1849, d. in Pa. 
4129 John Henry, b. Oct. 9, 1851, d. Mar. 18, 1895. 
Si''^'"' Sarah A., b. Jan. 9, 1854, d. Jan. 28, 1860. 
6^29 Ellen S., b. Mar. 1, 1856. 
712^ Abilene L., b. Nov. 4, 1858. 
8^29 Lydia A., b. Nov. 8, 1860. 
9^2!' Francis Amos, b. Feb. 26, 1864. 
1^'^^ Maria, mar. Lorenzo D. Beving^ton, b. Mar. 
4, 1843, d. April 20, 1901. 
li^oQrton Philip, b. Mar. 12, 1872, mar. 

Nettie Ainsworth. 
2130 Mervin Henry, b. Mar. 21, 1874, mar. 

Mary M. Hart. 
3130 John Carleton, b. July 9, 1877. 
4130 Lorenzo Keller, b. Oct. 15, 1879, mar. 

Anna T. Anderson. 
51^0 Harold Paul, b. July 9, 1885, first child 
b. at Bucyrus, O., others at Bloomville, 
Ohio. 
2^2^ Sabina E., mar. Leander Teel. 
1131 Henry Clay, b. Feb. 26, 1870. 
21^1 Esther Maria, b. Jan. 27, 1872, d. Dec. 

8, 1891. 
31^1 Herbert Keller, b. Mar. 25, 1874. 
41=^1 Gertrude Eleonora, b. May 4, 1876. 
51=^1 Eric Philip, b. Sept. 18, 1878. 
61=^1 Edna Elizabeth, b. Mar. 6, 1881. 
1^1 Henry Clay, mar. Mary K. Meng-el, b. 
July 21, 1870. 

1132 Muriel Henrietta, b. Oct. 8, 1894. 
2^''' Donald Philip, b. June 13, 1896. 



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3132 Robert M., b. Oct. 28, 1898. 
413- Marian Dorothea, b. July 12, 1901, 
d. Mar. 28, 1902. 
3^31 Herbert K., mar. Bertha A. Smith, b. 
Jan. 15, 1878, dau. of Benj. F. Smith 
and wife, Isabella nee Start. 
5^133 Marjoria Ima, b. June 6, 1897. 
2^«3 Martha Isabel, b. Apr. 26, 1899. 
31^3 Harold S., b. Oct. 3, 1902. 
41^^ Gertrude Eleanor, mar. Richard H. 
Scott, of Canada, b. July 23, 1868, son 
of Thomas and Mary Scott. 
113" Maurice Teel, b. Mar. 19, 1901. 
4^2^ John Henry, mar. Ella C. Sexauer, dau. of 
Fred Sexauer and wife, Mary, nee Ziegler. 
1135 Mary Henrietta, b. July 27, 1887. 
2^3^ Lois Rebecca, b. Mar. 6, 1891. 
3^35 Ruth Ellen, b. Aug". 3, 1894. 
8^^^ Lydia A., mar. Charles S. Ackerman, b. 
Aug. 19, 1865, son of Emanuel S. and Mary, 
nee Gossman. 

li^« Naomi Edith, b. Sept. 20, 1900. 
9129 Francis Amos, mar. Maudesta H. Carroth- 
ers, b. Oct. 13, 1875, dau. of James B. Car- 
rothers and Sarah J., nee Cole. 
l^^^ Constance Rebecca, b. Feb. 18, 1897. 
2^^'^ John Carrothers, b. July 20, 1898. 
313^ Robert Warren, b. Jan. 31, 1900. 
2128 Anna Keller, mar. Philip Osman, son of Jacob 
and Catharine {iiec Eichhorn) Osman. He 
was born Mar. 29, 1829, emigrated to Bucyrus, 
Ohio, in Dec. 1851. In the Summer of 1903, he 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 91 

visited his fatherland, and died in Bath Wil- 
dung-en, in Waldeck, July 14, was also buried 
there. 

Eli Keller, mar. Emma Julia, b. Feb. 25, 1837, 
youngest dau. of Rev. T. L. Hoffeditz, D. D. 
and wife, Julia Roth, b. Nov. 20, 1795, d. Jan. 
8, 1860. 

Ii3« Samuel, b. May, 8, 1858. 
2^38 Emelia, b. July 29, 1859. 
3^38 David, b. June 9, 1861. 
41=^8 Frederick, b. Jan. 27, 1863. 
Si^'^ John Calvin, b. Dec. 29, 1864. 
6138 Mary Julia, b. Aug. 19, 1866. 
7i3« William Albert, b. May 12, 1868, d. June 

16, 1878. 
8^38 Idelette, b. Aug. 2, 1870, d. Aug. 15, 1870. 
All these were born in Ohio. 
1138 Samuel, mar. Flora Ann, b. May 5, 1851, 
dau. of Reuben Neimeyer and wife, Lucy 
Ann, nee Wormkessel. 
1139 Beatus, (a son) b. April 14, 1889, d. 

April 15, 1889. 
2133 Paul Eli, b. June 4, 1891. 
2138 jjtnelia, mar. Wilson S. P. Schwartz, son of 
Francis Schwartz and Angeline, nee Egner. 

1110 Mark Keller, b. Jan. 6, 1886, d. May 
21, 1886. 

2"*' Marie, b. Oct. 4, 1894. 
3138 David, mar. Katie Sophia, b. Apr. 14, 1862, 
dau. of John Hersch and Maria, nee Gery. 

1111 Florence Gertrude, b. July 4, 1884. 
21^1 Irene Adele, b. Nov. 25, 1887. 



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31*1 David Hersch, b. May 20, 1895. 
4138 Frederick, mar. Anna May, b. March 10, 
1863, dau. of Benj. O. Lecrone and wife, 
Minerva, nee Swander. 
1^*2 Bertha, b. July 25, 1887, in Kansas. 
2^*2 Howard Albert, b. Oct. 19, 1888, in 

Kansas. 
31^2 Ralph Carleton, b. Sept. 16, 1893. 
5i3« John Calvin, mar. Lillian, b. Mar. 21, 1868, 
dau. of Geo. Leibert and wife, Lydia Ann, 
nee Stern. 

11*3 Ardie Ruth, b. Mar. 14, 1889, d. Feb. 
20, 1890. 
5138 Mary Julia, mar. Mark Halbach, b. July 7, 
1859, son of Chas. Halbach and wife, Isa- 
bella, nee Marx, d. Oct. 21, 1899. 
51^^ Joel Frederick Keller, mar. Susannah, dau. of 
Christian Schaum and wife, Anna, nee Buzzerd. 
1^** Christian Alfred, b. July 6, 1852. 
2^** Anna, b. June 11, 1854. 
3^'** Mary Josephine, b. June 16, 1856. 
41" Jacob Samuel, b. Feb. 15, 1859. 
5"* Clarissa Sabina, b. Jan. 6, 1862. 
6"* Ada Ellen, b. Apr. 25, 1866. 
71** Milton Melanchthon, b. Apr. 26, 1874. 
1^** Christian Alfred, mar. Lilly May, b. Mar. 4, 
1863, young-est dau. of Samuel and Nancy 
R. Gentner. 
2^" Anna, mar. Rev. Edward D. Wettach, D.D., 
b. May 5, 1852, son of Fred Wettag^, of 
Berne, Switzerland, and wife, Mag-dalene, 
nee Briicker. 



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1"^ Anna Gertrude, b. Nov. 17, 1880. 
2^^^ Florence Mabel, b. Sept. 23, 1882. 
3^^^ Mary, b. May 31, 1886, d. early. 
4^*^ Edward Keller, b. June 11, 1893. 
3^** Mary Josephine, mar. George P. Rader, b. 
Mar. 3, 1853. 
li*« Dau., d. 

2"*^ Florence Elizabeth, b. Oct. 1, 1893. 
4^** Jacob Samuel, mar. Anna W. Smith, b. 
Mar. 9, 1867, dau. of John A. Smith and 
wife, Jamima, nee Moderwell. 
5^** Clarissa Sobina, mar. Benjamin L. Norton, 
b. Nov. 11, 1859, son of Benjamin Norton 
and wife, Catharine, nee Emerick. 
1^*^ Catharine Geneva, b. Aug-. 16, 1884. 
2"^ Keller Emerick, b. Nov. 17, 1885. 
6^** Ada Ellen, mar. William F. Fouse, b. Feb. 
2, 1867, son of Frederick Fouse. 
li*« Howard Keller, b. April 22, 1894. 
2^*' James Kenneth,b. June 17, 1900,d. 1904. 
1^^ Milton Melanchthon, mar. (first) Florence 
Maud Davidson, b. Feb. 21, 1877, d. Jan. 1, 
1901, dau. of John H. Davidson and wife, 
Laura, nee Williams. 
Ii4« Paul Davidson, b. 1896. 
2"' Laura Mauree, b. Mar. 3, 1899, d. Dec. 
1902. 
7^"* Milton Melanchthon, mar. (second) Hattie 

Rader. 
Joseph Allen Keller, mar. Sarah Kulp, b. Sept. 
24, 1839, dau. of Rev. Joseph Kulp and wife, 
Sarah, nee Oberholtzar, of Wadsworth, Ohio. 



94 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

S^''^'* Susannah Keller, mar. Joseph B. Shumaker, 
D. D., b, Aug-. 20, 1838, son of Benjamin and 
Hannah Shumaker, of Fairfield Co., Ohio. 
1^^^ Howard Keller, b. Aug. 26, 1871, in Canton, 
Ohio, mar. Austia Patterson in Canton, 
China, both being missionaries under the 
Board of the U. B. Church. 
2^^" Claude Henry, b. Mar. 16, 1874, in Lancas- 
ter, Pa. 
3^^*^ Anna Mary, b. May 9, 1877, also in Lancas- 
ter, Pa. 

In this family of John H. Keller (HI, 32) we 
find six ministers of "The Reformed Church in the 
U. S." and three physicians. Four of the former 
received the honorable title of D. D., and one of 
the latter had the Reverend added to the M. D. 
Of these members of our family, we will here give 
according to their age, some account. 

VI.— BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 
A.— FOURTH GENERATION 

Phiup Keller (IV, 1) was born in Pennsyl- 
vania and came to Ohio with the exodus in 1856. 
He took charge of one of the large farms John 
Henry (III, 32) bought one mile northeast of An- 
napolis, (now Sulphur Springs.) He lived on the 
old farm till his son, John Henry (V, 6), married, 
then he moved just west of the Union Church. He 
has always been identified with farm life. 

In connection with his family, he has always 
shown the liveliest interest in study. He was al- 
ways back of his children in their school work, 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 95 

helping- them and encourag-ing- them. If the sub- 
ject was new, he would post up and "keep ahead" 
of their lessons. 

He is now eighty-seven years old and his mind 
seems remarkably fresh. He has not lost his grip 
upon current events, nor has he laid aside his read- 
ing of religious and philosophical subjects. To 
speak with him for a few moments reveals that he 
is living strictly in the present. 

He always took an active interest in church 
work, and is yet keeping in full touch with what is 
taking place in ecclesiastical bodies. 

Anna Osman Keller (IV, 3), as spoken of 
elsewhere, was the Martha of the family. She 
has spent a great part of her life in Bucyrus, Ohio. 
Her home has always been the center to which all 
the friends desired to go, and did go. All have 
always been assured of a hearty, laughing and 
cheering welcome. Even, in her advanced age, 
she seems to pay very little attention to her age; 
for, when there is need for traveling, she seems to 
make it a very small burden. 

Her mind also seems to be living in the imme- 
diate present. She takes the liveliest interest in 
current events and literature. She manifests a 
strong interest in the welfare of those whom she 
knows, and is ready to help by cheerful words of 
encouragement. 

Rev. Eli Keller, D. D. (IV, 6), was fully 
twenty-five years of age when he started out in 
his distinct preparations for the holy ministry. 



96 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

He was born and broug-ht up on the farm and was 
well trained in all the g-ymnastics of the farm-life 
of that day. As a teacher in public schools, and 
Sunday-schools also, he was not inferior. As a 
surveyor, draftsman and scribe, under his father's 
care and direction, he had before him a bright fu- 
ture. In the military line, he stood abreast with 
those of his ofi&cial rank. Those, however, were 
not the thing-s his aspirations were seeking-. 

In the Spring- of 1851, he entered the Acadaray 
at Mercersburg, Franklin Co., Pa. in regular course; 
and a year later at Marshall College at the same 
place. He came to Lancaster in 1853 when that 
colleg-e was moved there and continued his studies 
in Franklin and Marshall College to the end of 
the Sophomore year; then returned to Mercersburg, 
and graduated from the Theological Seminary un- 
der Drs. Schaff and Wolff. 

As a licentiate of Mercersburg- Classis, he re- 
moved, with his parents' family, in the Spring of 
1856, to Bucyrus, Ohio. The very first Sunday he 
preached there, and was elected pastor of the Bu- 
cyrus charge. The charge was later enlarged, 
northward and westward; and John Bippus, a Wiir- 
temberg Pietist, was his faithful assistant. 

After five years, he was called to Bellevue, 
Ohio. O.^hat charge grew and later was divided, 
his brother Joseph receiving the older congreg-a- 
tions. After eleven more years, he removed to Ca- 
nal Winchester, Ohio, as pastor of that charge. 
After a year and a half, he was called back to 
Pennsylvania to the "Zionsville charge," consist- 




JOEL FREDERICK KELLER (IV, 




SUSANNAH SCHA.UM KELLER {IV, 9) 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 97 

ing- of but two congreg-ations. However, circum- 
stances were such, that two more cong-reg-ations 
were added, so that the charge then embraced 
large portions of three counties. Various efforts 
were made b)- Classis to diminish the charg-e g-eo- 
g-raphically, but without success. After twenty- 
seven years of hard labor, he resig-ned the whole 
charge, and removed to Allentown in 1901. As 
an assistant to the ministers of the eight Re- 
formed churches in the city, and amid other labors, 
he expects to spend the evening of his life. Later 
he was appointed assistant editor of the Reformed 
"Kirchenzeitung," published in Cleveland, Ohio. 

His official record to the present is this: Bap- 
tized, infants 1882, adults 33, total 1915; con- 
firmed 1078; married 488 couples; buried 803. 

Joel Frederick Keller (IV, 8) lived on one 
of the farms his father, John Henry (HI, 32), 
bought after he moved from Pennsylvania. There 
Joel lived, his family and that of Philip, his 
brother, growing up into useful men and women. 
After a number of years he moved a mile south of 
Sulphur Spring's to the William Musg-rave farm. 
Then a short time later moved to a small farm a 
few rods south-east of the Musgrave farm, where 
he is living- a retired life. He also shows the most 
intense interest in the questions of the day. His 
home is a place to which all go for a pleasant and 
happy hour. While his health forced him out of 
his chosen work, that of a miller, he was always 
an untiring worker upon the farm. Now he is 



98 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

keeping" his home in perfect neatness, and keep- 
ing in touch with the events of the world. 

Rev. Joseph A. Keller, D. D., (IV, 11) was 
a reg-ular student in Heidelberg College, Tifi&n, 
Ohio, and graduated in the Spring of 1861. In a 
letter to me, referring to his subsequent exper- 
iences as a soldier, he says: "Then my record runs 
in common with that of the brothers, Amos and 
Aaron, until Bragg's raid into Kentucky. Our 
forces hurried from Bridgeport on the Tennessee 
River, by way of Murfreesborough, and Nashville. 
When we reached Murfreesborough, I was worn 
out, and the next morning an ambulance brought 
me to one of the hospitals in Nashville. As I came 
into the ward, I overheard one say: 'There comes 
another, who will be carried out!' — or something to 
that effect, but it was not to be so." He was truly 
"worn out" — unable to do further service as a sol- 
dier, and was therefore discharged from that hospi- 
tal in Nashville. He reached his parental home in 
Bucyrus just one week before the battle of Stone 
River. What a merciful Providence! Had he not 
been "worn out," he would have continued with 
the brothers, and most likely fared just as they did 
at the battle of Stone River. 

Having recovered sufficiently, he entered the 
Theological Seminary at Tif&n, in the Fall of 1863, 
to prepare for the Gospel Ministry. He grad- 
uated in 1865. At that time the chair of ancient lan- 
guages in the College became vacant, and he was 
called to fill the same, which he also did for more 
than six years. His health not being good, he 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 99 

resigned June 1871, ani entered the Gospel Minis- 
try. He was licensed by Tiffin Classis at Liberty 
Center, Henry Co., Ohio, and a call to him from 
Zions Charge (referred to above) was confirmed. 
Subsequently, he was also ordained in Salem 
Church, Adams Township, Seneca Co., Ohio, by a 
committee of Tiffin Classis, consisting of Prof. R. 
Good, and Rev. L. H. Kefauver, D. D. At the urg- 
ent request of the Board of Home Missions (Dr. J. 
H. Good, Pres.) he resigned his charge, and went 
as missionary to the city of Denver, Colorado, com- 
mencing his labors there, April 19, 1874. He re- 
turned from Denver, Jan. 1, 1879, to Hartville, O. 
That field he occupied till Oct. 11, 1899, when he 
moved to Alliance, Ohio, where he has had, up to 
this time, the care of a single congregation, com- 
posed almost exclusively of Swiss. 

Susannah Keller Shumaker (IV, 13) early 
went to Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio. There 
she gained that preparation which has so well 
fitted her for the work that naturally falls to the 
wife of a pastor. Those who know her recognize 
that she is a very safe adviser. Her opinions are 
often sought by those who are associated with her 
in the work of the church. She is constantly 
found active in the various organizations and legis- 
lative bodies of the Reformed Church. 

Her home is one to which all long to go, for 
there the influence of her kind geniality is felt at 
once. 

Rev. Joseph B. Shumaker, D. D., (IV, 14) 
graduated in the classical course in Heidelberg 



100 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

Colleg-e, Tiffin, Ohio, June, 1865; and having- also 
pursued Theolog-ical studies in his senior year, 
graduated from the Theological Seminary at the 
same place, in Dec, 1866. He was licensed to the 
Gospel Ministry in the Reformed Church in the U. 
S. by Miami Classis of the Synod of Ohio, and 
ordained Jan. 20, 1867. 

He commenced his ministerial labors in Bethel 
Charg-e, near Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1867; in second 
charg-e, Manchester, Summit Co., Ohio, near 
Akron, May 1, 1870; in third charg-e. Canton, Ohio, 
April 1, 1871; in fourth charg-e, St. Pauls, Lancas- 
ter, Pa., Oct. 1, 1886. He moved to Tiffin, Ohio, 
Aug-. 1, 1889; served as supply in different cong-re- 
g-ations, and then for nearly two years, as Financial 
Secretary of Heidelberg- College. His fifth charge 
was Zions, Clyde, Ohio. He entered regularly as 
pastor, Sept. 2, 1902. He received the title of D. 
D. from Ursinus College, July 2, 1879. 

VII.— BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 
B.— FIFTH GENERATION 

Maria Keller Bevington (V, 1), oldest 
child of Philip and Hannah Keller, was born in 
Northampton Co., Pa. She lived with her parents 
on their Ohio farm until she married Mr. L. M. 
Bevington, a school teacher and druggist. She 
lived at Bloomville, O., for a number of years, then 
moved to Hicksville, O., where the family resided 
till her death. 

Sabina E. Keller Teel (V, 3) was also 
brought up on the farm; married Leander Teel, a 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 101 

school teacher and attorney. She is the mother 
of an excellent family of children. She is now 
caring- for her ag-ed aunt, Mrs. Anna Keller 
Osman, at the latter's home in Bucyrus, Ohio. 

John Henry Keller (V, 6) was one of the 
best known and one of the most useful and most in- 
fluential members of the western branch of the 
Keller family. He was for a score or so of years 
one of the most successful school teachers in Craw- 
ford and adjoining- counties, raiser of special strains 
of stock, member of the County Agricultural Soci- 
ety, prominent in the Sunday-school work of his 
countv and township and having been called from 
time to time to the honor and responsibility of 
about all ofi&cial positions in the local Sunday- 
school and church. But his sun went down at the 
noonday of his excellent and useful life. 

Ellen S. Keller (V, 9) gave much of her 
life to teaching. She attained marked success in 
Primary Department work. Since her school days, 
she has been devoting her life to the care and com- 
fort of her aged parents. 

Abilene L. Keller (V,10) and Lydia A. Kel- 
ler Ackerman (V, 11) are the two youngest of 
the children of Philip and Hannah Keller. The 
former has given most of her attention to dress- 
making, but has her home with her parents. The 
latter married Charles S. Ackerman and is living 
near the old homestead. 



102 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

Francis Amos Keller (V, 13) spent his early 
days with his father upon the farm. He attended 
the home school and made rapid progress in his 
studies. He taught school for many years. Al- 
though he has settled down to farming as his life- 
work, the habit of reading and studying has never 
left him. Very rarely is there such a large and 
carefully chosen library, as his, found in a country 
home. 

Samuel Keller (V,15), the oldest child of Rev. 
Eli Keller, was born at Bucyrus, Ohio. He has 
occupied very honorable stations in the church and 
held very responsible and lucrative positions in 
connection with certain manufacturing establish- 
ments at Marion and Bellevue,Ohio. At present he 
is superintendent of The Ohio Cultivator Works, a 
plant of large capacity and wide reputation, at 
Bellevue. His life has been preeminently one of 
business. He has the executive temperament. 
Hence, he always finds himself devoted to the man- 
agement of enterprises. 

Emelia Keller Schwartz (V, 17) married 
Wilson S. P. Schwartz. She has lived near the 
old home almost her entire life. She has thrown 
all her powers into her home to make it what a 
home should be. 

David H., M. D., (V, 19) and John Calvin 
Keller, M. D., (V, 23) were born in Ohio and 
brought to Pennsylvania. Both returned to their 
native State, and graduated in the Columbus 
Medical College, in the capital of the State— the 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 103 

former in the year 1882, the latter in 1886. Both 
returned to the original home of the Keller family 
in Pennsylvania — the older to Bang-or, the younger 
to the Wind Gap, only five miles apart. They suc- 
ceeded in establishing themselves, not only in that 
community, but also in the confidence of the people. 
Thus they are occupying, in their profession, the 
very territory where their ancestors, to the third 
generation, had lived, labored, and many of them 
died; where their grandfather, in his time, had 
carried his faithful compass for many years over 
hill and mountain, hunting up old corners and 
landmarks and establishing new ones; where he 
settled up many estates of those who were called 
from time to eternity. When and where the name 
of the family was passing into forgetfuluess, they 
revived and perpetuated the same, holding and fol- 
lowing the great mission: To remove sickness and 
pain, and restore the inhabitants, if possible, to 
health and happiness. 

Rev. Frederick H. Keller, A. M., (V, 21) 
had a thorough classical and Theological training 
— first in the Perkiomen Seminary, at Penns- 
burg, Pennsylvania; then in Ursinus College, at 
Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He studied Theology 
in the Theological Seminary of the Reformed 
Church in the U. S. at Tiffin, Ohio. After his 
graduation, he was licensed and ordained to the 
Gospel Ministry of said Church, by Tiffin Classis, 
Synod of Ohio, at Fostoria, Ohio, May 30, 1886. 
The Board of Home Missions of said Synod ap- 



104 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

pointed him as missionary to Wathena, Kansas. 
He entered that field in June, 1886. 

After more than three years of labor, he re- 
ceived and accepted a call from Fireside, Ohio, and 
entered upon the labors of that field, January, 1890. 
He was then called to Petersburg-, Ohio, and 
went there in April, 1893. In January of 1896, 
he followed a call to Orrville, Ohio; and after an- 
other pastorate of three years, in November, 
1899, he came to Hartville, Ohio. At Fireside, he 
was in the footsteps of his father and of his uncle, 
Joseph A. Keller, D. D. Thus, "One soweth, and 
another reapeth" — John 4:37. 

Mary Julia Keller Halbach (V, 25) has had 
the opportunity of taking care of her aged parents. 
Her husband, Dr. Halbach, lived but a short time 
after her marriage. Since then she has been again 
devoting her life to her parents. 

Christian Alfred Keller (V, 29) is the 
first-born of Joel F. and Susannah Keller; was 
brought up on the farm; taught school several 
terms; married Miss Lillie M. Centner, a teacher in 
the Greenville, Ohio, public school for years. He 
has for many years been in the mercantile business, 
and at present is a partner in the firm of O. & C. 
Keller, at Sulphur Springs, Ohio. 

Anna Keller Wettach (V, 31) taught sev- 
eral terms in the schools near home. Married 
Rev. E. D. Wettach, D. D. As is incident to a 
minister's life, they have lived at various places. 
Their present residence is Youngstown, Ohio. 



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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY lOS 

Rev. E. D. Wettach, D.D., (V, 32) is of Swiss 
parentag-e, but was born in this country. He 
graduated from Heidelberg- College, Tiffin, Ohio, 
in 1875 and from the Theological Seminary, at the 
same place, in 1877. He was licensed to the holy 
ministry the same year by the Ohio Synod, at 
Orville, Ohio. Soon after, he received and accepted 
a call from Broken Sword (now Sulphur Springs) 
charge and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 
the Reformed Church in the U. S. at Crestline, 
Ohio, in the Fall of the same year. After two years 
of labor, he received and accepted a call from 
Reedsburg, Ohio, where he spent, as he says, "five 
happy years." In 1884, he accepted a call from St. 
Matthews, Chester Co., Pa. In 1890, under the 
direction of the Board of Home Missions, he re- 
moved to Akron, Ohio, where he organized a new 
congregation, and met with great success. In 1894, 
the Regents of Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio, 
called him to the office of Financial Secretary, in 
which capacity he labored four years and a half. 
In 1899, he accepted a call from Sycamore, Ohio, a 
newly organized charge. After another year of 
labor, the Board of Home Missions sent him to 
Toledo, to organize and establish an English con- 
gregation in that city. Of his labors there he 
himself says: "A beautiful stone chapel has been 
built, Grace Reformed Church organized, and the 
beginning toward a self-supporting congregation 
made, in this growing city by the lake." He is 
now serving a pastorate in Youngstown, Ohio. 



106 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

Mary Josephine Keller Rader (V, 33) was 
reared on the farm; taug"ht school; married Mr. 
George P. Rader, who is a very skilled mechanic, 
but for a number of years has been in the hardware 
business in the town of Sulphur Springs, Ohio. 

Jacob Samuel Keller (V, 35) spent his young- 
days on the farm and also taught school for a num- 
ber of years. At present is partner with his broth- 
er-in-law, G. P. Rader, in the hardware business. 

Clarissa Sobina Keller Norton (V, 37) 
married Mr. B. L. Norton of Reedsburg, Ohio, 
where Mr. Norton was in the mercantile business. 
The husband died before he had even reached the 
prime of life, after which the wife, with her chil- 
dren, moved to Sulphur Springs and is now making 
her home with her parents. 

Ada Ellen Keller Fouse (V, 39) married 
Mr. Wm. F. Fouse, an attorney. They are living 
at Akron, Ohio, where the husband is engaged in 
his profession, the practice of law. Mr. Fouse is a 
graduate of Wooster University, Wooster, Ohio. 
He, with his wife, is actively connected with the 
work of the Reformed Church at Akron, Ohio. 

Milton Melanchthon Keller (V, 41) at- 
tended the home school and also pursued studies 
for a short time at Heidelberg University. He has 
developed into a very skilled carpenter. This trade 
he is now pursuing at Sulphur Springs, Ohio. 

Rev. Howard Keller Shumaker, M. D., 
(V, 44), was a close and diligent student from his 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 107 

youth. At Colleg-eville, Pa., he was matriculated 
as a classical student in Ursinus Colleg-e; later, in 
Heidelberg Colleg-e, Tiffin, Ohio, where he gradu- 
ated. After that, he gave his attention to medi- 
cine, and entered The Starling School of Medicine, 
Columbus, Ohio, and graduated March, 1894. For 
awhile, he assisted Dr. Heckerman, in Tiffin, in his 
practice. He prosecuted the profession by himself 
at Old Fort, near Tiffin. So far as making a living, 
and even a good one (as the world terms it) was 
concerned, he had no cause for discouragement. 
There was, however, to his mind an infinitely 
higher and nobler calling than the one he had es- 
poused even as the soul of man is of more value 
than the body. To that higher calling he com- 
menced to look forward and upward with strong as- 
piration; it was nothing less than to be a medical 
missionary among the poor and neglected heathen. 
He first tendered his services to the Board of For- 
eign Missions of his own church, the Reformed, 
but the necessary means to send him forth at that 
time were not at hand. Next, he made application 
to the like Board of the U. B. Church, and received 
his commission in the Summer of 1897 to go to the 
millions of China. On October 20 of the same year, 
he already sailed, reaching Hong Kong at the 
gate of China, November 19 following. The cen- 
ter of his labors seems to be the city of Canton. 
Through all the terrible "Boxer-troubles," when 
many missionaries fled for safety, he stood his 
ground, uualarmed and unharmed, and was always, 
as appears from his letters, of the very best cheer. 



108 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

In the famine-smitten districts later, he stood 
prominent among- those who were entrusted with 
the distribution of the g-ifts sent in from Christian 
nations. 

Claude Henry Shumaker (V, 46) attended 
Heidelberg- University for several years and com- 
pleted a business course in the Spencerian Business 
College, Cleveland, Ohio. For some time he was 
manager of the Capital Stock Food Co., at Tiffin, 
Ohio. For one year he has been connected with 
the Storrs & Harrison Nursery Co., Painesville, 
Ohio. 

Anna Mary Shumaker (V, 47) was gradua- 
ted from both the literary and musical departments 
of Heidelberg University. By faithful and persist- 
ent effort she has attained an excellent standing 
as a pipe organist and pianist. Her whole atten- 
tion is now g-iven to the further study of music, 
and giving- instructions in instrumental and vocal 
music. 



CHAPTER XVII 

JACOB KELLER 

JACOB KELLER (2^^^— III, 34), the young-er of 
the two remaining- sons of Philip Keller, Sr. 
(II, 11), grew up on the farm, and found plenty 
of material to employ both mind and body. In 
physique, he was a true type of the old Keller 
family— of heavy build, and if he had any special 
trouble as to his form, it was that his head was al- 
ways a trifle too large for the largest hat. He was 
fond of the farm, and of farm life in all its varia- 
tions. If he was especially interested in any farm 
tool, it was the ax. Of all such who ever g-ained 
skill in handling the ax, he stood in the front rank, 
not even excepting Lord Gladstone of England nor 
Abraham Lincoln of America. His older brother 
having moved away, and his father being too cor- 
pulent to do much physical work, the management 
of the large farm rested mainly on his shoulders. 
He married Elizabeth Shook (III, 35), daughter of 
a near neighbor, Jacob Shook. She was almost 
seven years younger than himself. Thus his sphere 
was the farm, where there was much room for the 
use of the ax, the mattock, the plow, and the team. 
The mill property was now in the hands of the older 
brother ; yet not a little of it was used in common 
— such as the sawmill, limekiln, blacksmith shop, 
and even the gristmill. The blacksmith shop was 
for years in the care of Joseph Eng^ler, brother-in- 
law of Jacob's brother, John Henry (III, 32), and 
(109) 



110 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

later, for many years, in the care of Peter Shook, 
his own brother-in-law. In those early years, the 
old second house was removed, and a large two- 
story stone house with a cellar-kitchen was built. 
So that father and son, with their two families, 
could live tog-ether comfortably. In 1826 (as stated 
before), the father moved to the Delaware. Peter 
Shook, his brother-in-law, lived with him; so did, 
later, John Kratzer, another brother-in-law; also, 
yet later, his son-in-law, Abraham Bower; and fi- 
nally, his own son Joseph. 

The picture of the Old Home is a pleasant one. 
There was much meadowland, with rivulets of 
fresh water running- through perennially. One 
was called Long-Meadow ("Lang Schwamm"), 
curving in a large semi-circle around a prominent 
hill, in the very center of the farm, with a round 
top, known as Jacob's Head ("Jake's Kop"). The 
land was adapted specially to rye and buckwheat. 
There was much fruit — apples, pears, plums, 
peaches. There were also walnuts, hickorynuts, 
and especially chestnuts. Nearly all these trees 
were of their own planting. Four or more heavy- 
black horses were in the stable or out at work; a 
large herd of cows and young cattle could be seen 
somewhere; a flock of sheep, plenty of chickens, 
turkeys, and geese could also be seen. 

For "rod and gun" there was plenty of tempta- 
tion for some; but to my knowledge, neither the one 
nor the other had any special charms for Jacob. 

His wife, "Aunt Betz," was a motherly matron 
of rare excellency. For about fifteen years our two 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 111 

families lived side by side, but later a half a mile 
apart. I never saw a frown on her countenance, 
nor, on the other hand, undue hilarity. Her ob- 
ject always seemed to be to please. We children, 
coming- in contact with her, as we often did, 
always found her ready to deal out to us with 
both hands the very best she had. Her "pieces" 
(lunches) were always cut according to a liberal 
pattern. Her memory to all who knew her will 
always be an abiding- benediction. 

2^^^ Jacob Keller, b. Dec. 21, 1787, d. April 25. 
1875, mar. Elizabeth Shook, b. July 11, 1794, d. 
Oct. 23, 1880. 

\^^^ Sarah, b. May 2, 1819, d. Oct. 29, 1888. 

2^^^ Joseph, b. Dec. 20, 1820, d. April 29, 1889. 

3^^^ Rebecca, b. Aug. 21, 1823, d. Nov. 9, 1903. 

I.— GENEALOGICAL TABLE 
1^^^ Sarah Keller, mar. Abraham Bower, b. June 
26, 1818, d. Jan. 5, 1900. 

11^2 Malinda, b. April 21, 1841, d. Feb. 29, 1904. 

2^'*2 Kmma Elizabeth, b. Oct. 8, 1842. 

31^2 Uriah B., b. Jan. 27, 1844, d. Oct. 9, 1897. 

4^62 John Henry, b. Mar. 28, 1846. 

5152 Tilghman, b. Dec. 28, 1847, d. Feb. 3, 1852. 

61^2 Jacob, b. May 17, 1850, d. May 18, 1894. 

71^2 Catharine, b. Feb. 6, 1852. 

8^^^ David D., b. Mar. 30, 1854, d. Aug. 8, 1854, 
buried at Plainfield Church, Pa. 

9^^2 Reuben Thomas, b. Sept. 8, 1855. 
lO^'*'* Alice J., b. Sept. 25, 1857, d. April 16, 1888. 
111^2 Anna Laura, b. Aug. 19, 1859. 



112 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

12^^^^ Mary Ellen, b. Jan. 2, 1863. 
1^**^ Malinda, mar. Levi S. Burroug-hs, b. Mar. 
3, 1838. 

1^^=^ James Lucius, b. Dec. 11, 1868, d. 
2i^3Edg-ar Allen, b. Oct. 5, 1870, mar. 
Addie M. Doug"las. 

l^^* Howard Douglas, b. Aug. 29, 1901. 
3^^^ Ralph Bowers, b. June 13, 1872, d. 
41^3 Ross Gordon, b. Feb. 21, 1874. 
5153 Mary Gertrude, b. May 21, 1878, mar. 
S. W. Settles. 
2^^'^ Emma E., mar. William Flavien, b. Nov. 
22, 1842, d. Sept. 16, 1896. 
11^^ Grace Ellen, b. Dec. 3, 1872, mar. 
Harvey Earl Hirn, b. Mar. 16, 1869. 
3^156 Margaret Elizabeth, b. Aug. 12, 
1898. 
2^^ Edward Bower, b. Nov. 3, 1875, mar. 
Ella Converse. 

1^5^ Mildred, b. April 29, 1900, at Silver 
Lake, Ind. 
31^^ Maude Mitchel, b. June IS, 1879. 
3^^"^ Uriah B., mar. (first) Martha Boeman. 
li^« Infant. 

2^^^ Jemima, mar. John O'Leary. 
115!' Vaughn. 
2^^'^ Rhea. 
3152 Uriah B., mar. (second) Alice A. Sprag-ue. 
31^^ Madge Alice, b. June 28, 1881, mar. 
Harry L. Martin. 
l^''" Cyril Baird, b. Dec. 5, 1900. 
41^^ Don Sprague, b. June 10, 1887. 




SARAH KELLER BOWER (IV, 15) 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 113 

5^^^ Ruth Frances, b. Aug-. 26, 1889. 
4^^^ John Henry, mar. Mary A, Hess. 

li«i Jessie E., b. Dec. 20, 1868, mar. W. F. 
Philips. 

li"'-* Roger Philips, b. Sept. 8, 1889. 
2^*^^ Homer A., b. Sept. 4, 1870, mar. Delia 
I. Hall. 

li«3 Leslie G., b. Aug-. 28, 1895. 
2^*^' Lynn A., b. Feb. 10, 1897. Bangor 
Mich. 
Z^^^ Rodric B., b. Oct. 10, 1872. Seattle. 
4i«i Guy H., b. Sept. 27, 1874, mar. Nellie 

M. Buck. 
51" Archer A., b. June 10, 1876, mar. Ella 
Johnson. 

1^*^* Rodric B., b. Oct. 24, 1901. 
6i*'i Lloyd I., b. July 8, 1878, d. April 15, 
1880. 
6^*'^ Jacob, mar. Ella Jones. 

li«^ Clara May, b. April 9, 1882, mar. Har- 
man Albert Van Horn, b. Apr. 4, 1878. 
li«« Carmen Ferol, b. June 5, 1900. 
2^'^'^ Ronald Marine, b. Aug. 17, 1902, 
Matthews, Ind. 
2*^^ James, b. Dec. 10, 1883, d. Feb. 12, '90. 
3*«^ Ralph, b. Aug. 23, 1885. 
4i«^ Lena, b. July 5, 1890. 
5i«^ Edna, b. June 12, 1892. 
7^^'' Catharine S., mar. Thomas Heller, b. Mar. 
12, 1845. 

11" Bertha Sarah, b. Dec. 24, 1873, mar. 
W. F. Farst. 



114 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

li«« Helen May, b. Dec. 14, 1894. 
2^''' Robert Bower, b. June 22, 1878, mar. 
Bertha M. Mitchell. 
■^wj Dorothy Jeannette. 
7>^^^ Amy Jeannette, b. Feb. 2, 1882, d. Sept. 
6, 1902. 
9^^^ Reuben Thomas, mar. Josephine M. Mark- 
ley. 
1"" Nellie Eveline, b. April 21, 1877, mar. 

Manley C. Fuller. 
2"" Walter Scott, b. April 3, 1878. 
3170 Roy Markley, b. June 27, 1881. 
4^™ Clara Ethel, b. June 23, 1883. 
5"" Myrtle May, b. Sept. 6, 1884. 
6i^« Archie Earle, b. Oct. 13, 1885. 
7^™ Ralph Dwig-ht, b. Dec. 31, 1886. 
81™ Ray El wood, b. July 10, 1889. 
91™ Clyde Keller, b. April 29, 1891. 
10™ Grace Stough, b. June 8, 1892. 
11™ Glen E., b. April 1, 1894,d. Dec. 18, '02. 
12™ Edith Esther, b. May 17, 1897, d. Aug. 
5, 1904. 
lO^^'-* Alice J., mar. Frank M. Hess. 
l"i Mabel E., b. Aug. 16, 1886. 
2^'^ Alice J., b. April 10, 1888. 
2]^i52 Anna Laura, mar. David Robinson. Lives 

in California. 
13^*'^ Mary Ellen, mar. Daniel Upton Bair, Luth- 
eran minister. 
1"'^ Myrtle E., b. June 28, 1884, d. Aug. 6, 

1884. 
2^'^ Mona B., b. Oct. 1, 1885, d. Oct. 15, '85. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 115 

3"2 Schafer Bowers, b. April 14, 1887. 

41^2 Sarah Elizabeth, b. June 25, 1888. 

51^2 Ruth Emeline, b. Aug-. 5, 1894. 
Joseph Keller, mar. Lovina Kline, b. Feb. 24, 
1822, d. July 28, 1899, dau. of Jacob Kline and 
wife, Eve. 

11^3 Oliver Jacob, b. July 28, 1843. 
2"^ Jeremiah, b. Jan. 16, 1845. Easton, Pa. 
31^3 Josiah, b. Oct. 14, 1846, d. Oct. 7, 1900. 
41^8 Reuben, b. Jan. 13, 1848, d. May 3, 1905. 
51^^ Mary Catharine, b. Jan. 11, 1850, d. Sept. 

15, 1864. 
6"=* John Henry, b. Sept. 11, 1851, d. Oct. 7, '64. 
71^=^ A dau., b. Aug. 1, 1853, d. Sept. 1, 1853. 
8"=^ William Wesley, b. Sept. 4, 1854, d. Aug. 

9, 1855. 
9"3 Emma Elizabeth, b. May 1, 1856, d. Oct. 3, 

1864. 
10*^« Matilda Alice, b. Dec. 5, 1858, d. Sept. 28, 

1864. 
111^8 Albert David, b. Jan. 2, 1866. 

All these b. in Pa., except last two. 
li-a Oliver Jacob, his war record follows below. 
2^^^ Jeremiah, mar. Sobina Werkheiser, b. Jan. 

22, 1844, d. Dec. 4, 1900. 
l^^* Jennie Amanda, b. April 20, 1878, d. 
May 4, 1878. 

2"* John Abraham, b. April 17, 1880. 
31^* Helen May, b. Oct. 23, 1884. 
3^^^ Josiah, mar. Margaret J. Reynolds, b. Mar. 

1, 1846. 



116 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

V^^ Lillie Doane, b. Dec. 22, 1872, mar. 
Charles R. Ogden, b. July 20, 1870. 
l^'^ Adele, b. Dec. 29, 1902. 
2^™ Robert Keller, b. Mar. 27, 1904. 
2^^*^ Lovina Bowden, b. April 7, 1877, d. 

Nov. 30, 1879. 
3"^ Manelva Wylie, b. Jan. 8, 1880. 
4^^^ Claudius Arg-yle, b. Sept. 23, 1882. 
5"^ Blaine Reynolds, b. Oct. 14, 1885. 
4173 Reuben, mar. Mary Emily Musg-rave, b. 
Feb. 10, 1851, dau. of Horatio Nelson Mus- 
grave and wife, Mary Smith. 
11^'^ Albert David, mar. Addie Florence Keller, 
b. Mar. 30, 1871, daughter of Amos Keller 
and wife, Martha Sneath. 
1"^ Rowland Sneath, b. Dec. 1, 1904. 

II.— BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 
A.— FOURTH GENERATION 

Sarah Keller Bower (IV, 15) was born in 
Pennsylvania. Before their removal to Ohio in 
1857 she and her husband Abraham Bower lived on 
a farm north of "Jake's Kop." When Jacob moved 
west in 1857 Sarah came also. Her father bought 
a farm a very short distance west of Annapolis. 
Here she lived till she moved to the village of An- 
napolis. There, surrounded by her family, she 
lived till her death. She was of an amiable dispo- 
sition. All who knew her loved her for her kind- 
ness. She was unassuming toward all who came 
into her home, and was never known for having- 
much to say. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 117 

Abraham Bower (IV, 16) was the son of 
Abraham Bower, Sr. By trade, he was a tailor, 
and well adapted to that trade. He was also a far- 
mer both in Pennsylvania and Ohio. In the years 
of military volunteer companies, he vi^as a noted 
and favorite fifer. Daniel Heller, of Wind Gap, 
Pennsylvania, relates how Abraham quit playing- 
martial music for the companies. "At a training-, 
Mr. B. handed me his fife with the request, 'play 
once.' So I played a few pieces, then handed the 
fife back. But he refused and said, 'You keep it.' 
So I did." 

Joseph Keller (IV, 17) was an only son. 
His traits of character suggest the Shook type. 
When Joseph was yet young-, his father, as he 
well might, entrusted to him largely the care and 
management of the farm. He was preeminently a 
man of action. There appeared about him some- 
thing stern; yet, at heart, he was kind and affec- 
tionate. The removal of the whole family from 
the First Keller Home in Pennsylvania to Ohio fell 
largely upon him and was successfully carried out. 

Then he lived upon a farm three miles north- 
east of Annapolis, now Sulphur Springs. There 
he lived till he moved to Sulphur Springs to care 
for his aged parents. There he continued to live 
till the time of his death. But be never quit work- 
ing on the old farm — then occupied by his son 
Josiah (V, 74)— till he died. 

In constitution he was vigorous to the point 
of wonder. He was never sick and knew no aches 
nor pains till disease finally settled upon him and 



118 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

took him from his work and family in a very few 
months. 

LoviNA Kline Keller (IV, 18) was born 
near the First Keller Home in "Plainfield." She 
shared the hard and trying- times that naturally 
came to all those, we love, in the days of making- 
homes. When she sent her two oldest sons to the 
war; when she buried one son and her three daugh- 
ters (the only daughters) in three weeks, many 
thought that she would break down beneath the 
load. Calmly, quietly, and with a faith that did 
not waver for one single moment did she stand out 
before all who knew her as an example of Christian 
streng-th. Thus did she live all her life. 

Rebecca Keller (IV, 19) was born a healthy 
and vigorous babe, but in her childhood, a very sad 
and painful accident of indescribable consequence 
befell her. She fell into a vessel of hot water. 
The direct bodily consequences, by and by were 
entirely overcome, but her spasmodic convulsions 
largely arrested the development of her mind. In 
a certain sense, to her old age, she remained a 
child. Her favorite companions were little child- 
ren, drawn to her by natural afl&nity. And yet, she 
had a remarkable memory, taking note of all that 
passed around her. If matters of news were re- 
lated, and blunders made, she would at once make 
the necessary corrections. She was in this world a 
latent bud; but what the flower will be in the 
Paradise under the care of the Heavenly Gardener, 
can only there and then be known. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 119 

III.— BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 
B.— FIFTH GENERATION 

Malinda Bower Burroughs (V, 48) was the 
oldest of the family of Abraham and Sarah Bower. 
She was jovial, quick-witted and had a g-ood fund 
of natural talent. She remained at home till 
grown to maturity, then went to the oil field of 
Pennsylvania where she married Mr. Levi S. Bur- 
roug-hs, a blacksmith by trade and also a veteran of 
the Civil War. They lived at Sulphur Springs 
and also at Tiro, Ohio. She died at the latter 
place and her remains are buried in the Union 
Cemetery near Sulphur Springs. 

Emma Elizabeth Bower Flavien (V, 50) 
married William Flavien, a native of North Sidney, 
Nova Scotia. Mr. Flavien was a soldier in the Civil 
War, Co. H, 65th O. V. I. He first read medicine 
under a private tutor, but later graduated from 
Toledo, Ohio, Medical College, and then for a num- 
ber of years practiced medicine and did a thriving 
business as a druggist at Paulding, Ohio. Since 
the decease of the husband, the widow has con- 
tinued her residence at Paulding. 

Uriah B. Bower (V, 52), after his return 
home from the war, clerked in a store at Sulphur 
Springs; also later, worked in the provision store 
of J. J. Boeman at Bucyrus, married Mr. Boe- 
man's daughter and moved farther west. Being 
somewhat of an unsettled disposition, he did not 
remain long at one place. He was engaged in the 
real estate and insurance business mainly. The 



120 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

first wife died and a Miss Sprag-ue became his 
second wife. He last resided at South McAlester, 
Indian Territory, where he died. His remains rest 
at McAlester, I. T. 

John Henry Bower (V, 55), after the war, 
g-ave some attention to farming-, but devoted most 
of his time to painting- at his home in Sulphur 
Springs, Ohio. He moved to Michigan, where he 
is living with his family. 

Jacob Bower (V, 58), also a painter by trade 
for a number of years, lived at his home in Sulphur 
Springs. He then lived in Paulding, Ohio, where 
he continued his trade. He was given an appoint- 
ment on the Paulding- police force. In this work 
he was especially eJB&cient, on account of his in- 
telligence and bravery. 

Catharine S. Bower Heller (V, 60) at- 
tended the school at Sulphur Springs and remained 
with her parents until her marriage. Her husband, 
Thomas Heller, is a veteran of the Civil War. He 
is a painter, paper hanger and decorator. The 
family have had their residence in Akron, Ohio, 
for many years. The entire family are active 
workers in the Reformed Church in that city. 

Reuben Thomas Bower (V, 63), as the family 
tree shows, has the largest family in our whole 
g-roup of families. He has been carrying- on the 
drug- business in Petoskey and Detroit, Mich., with 
excellent success. He is at present residing in 
Detroit. Not content with merely selling drugs. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 121 

he has made a success of making- and putting- upon 
the markets medicines of his own. 

Alice J. Bower Hess (V, 65) married Mr. 
Frank Hess and lived near Sulphur Spring-s until 
her death. 

Mary Ellen Bower Bair (V, 69), the young-- 
est member of the family of Sarah Keller Bower, 
attended the public school at Sulphur Springs and 
afterward successfully taught a nearby country 
school. She married Rev. D. U. Bair, a minister 
of the General Synod Lutheran Church. Among- 
the places where the Rev. Bair has served as pastor 
are Constantine, Mich., Belleville, Mifflin Co., Pa., 
and Harrisburg-, Pa. Her ag-ed father, Abraham 
Bower, for whom she was caring- in his last days, 
died at her home in Belleville. 

Oliver Jacob Keller (V, 71), after his dis- 
charg-e from the army, clerked in a store at Sulphur 
Springs. After this, he was a partner with Mr. A. 
J. Scott in another store in the same town. And 
now for many years has been partner with C. A. 
Keller, in a third place of business, in general 
merchandise in the same village. 

Jeremiah Keller (V, 72), after his return 
from the army, worked some on the farm. After- 
ward he took up the painter's trade which he has 
followed to the present time. He is now residing 
on College Hill, Easton, Pa. 

JosiAH Keller (V, 74) worked for his father 
on the farm, married Miss Margaret J. Reynolds, 



122 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

whose acquaintance he made while she was teach- 
ing school in the community. Soon after the mar- 
riage, his parents moved to the village of Sulphur 
Springs to assume the care of the grandparents, Ja- 
cob and Elizabeth Keller. From that time till a 
short time before his death, he occupied the old 
home farm. 

Rev. Reuben Keller, D. D., (V, 76) attended 
common schools, both in Pennsylvania and in Ohio. 
He did considerable clerking, and also teaching. 
He took the classical course of studies in Heid- 
elberg College, Tiffin, Ohio, and obtained thus the 
degree of A. B. in June, 1873, He graduated from 
the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church, 
also at Tiffin, in 1877. He was examined and li- 
censed, by Tiffin Classis, at Bloomville, August 25, 
1877. On October 19 following, he was ordained to 
the Gospel Ministry, by the officers of the St. Jo- 
seph's Classis, at Goshen, Indiana. 

He served the following charges : Neriah, 
Michigan, 1877-82; New Jefferson, Ohio, 1882-91; 
West Alexandria, Ohio, 1891-98; was Sunday- 
school missionary of St, Joseph's Classis, 1898- 
1901; served the Lindsey, Ohio, charge from 1901 
to his death; was President of Ohio Synod, 1902-3; 
was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of 
Heidelberg Theological Seminary in 1890, and Pres- 
ident of that Board in 1893; was also a member of 
the Committee to compile the Sunday-school Hym- 
nal, for the use of the Reformed Church in the 
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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 123 

came to him and took liim, after an illness of 
three days. 

Prof. Albert D. Keller, A. M., (V, 84) was 
born on the farm, and made good use of all the 
early school privileg-es — common and high school; 
graduated from Heidelberg University, Tiffin, 
Ohio, in June, 1893, securing the degree of A. B.; 
pursued graduate work in English and Economics 
in Vanderbilt University, at Nashville, Tennessee, 
1893-95, and obtained the degree of A. M.; spent 
one year, 1894, in that University as Assistant in 
English; represented the University, also 1894, in 
the Tennessee "Banker's Association" at Lookout 
Mountain; pursued graduate work in the Univer- 
sity of Chicago, 1895; was elected to the chair of 
English and Economics in Heidelberg University, 
Tiffin, Ohio, in June, 1896, and entered upon the 
work September following. 

Of this— the Joseph Keller — family, two died 
in early infancy. Also as this history elsewhere 
relates, while the Civil War was in progress and 
for some years claimed the services of the two 
older ones, the ravages of a malignant type of 
diphtheria swept away the youngest four of the 
six children at home (Mary, John, Emma and 
Matilda) in the brief space of three weeks. 

IV.— THE PART TAKEN IN THE REBELLION 

This branch of the Keller family did not fall 
short in patriotism at the time when men's hearts 
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124 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

(III, 34) entered the army. All were mercifully 
preserved to return, crowned with victory and 
glory, to those left at home. All enlisted from 
Ohio. There were two Keller brothers, and two 
Bower brothers; but they paired off contrary to 
consang-uinity, and two were O. V. I., and the 
other two O. V. C. Thus: 

A.— FIRST PAIR 

Oliver J. Keller (V, 71) and Uriah B. Bower 
(V, 52) enlisted August 15, 1861, in Company C, 
49th Reg., O. V. L, at Camp Noble, Tiffin, Ohio; 
were mustered out at Victoria, Texas, November 
30, 1865; reached home New Year's Day, 1866. 

At the battle of Stone River, Tennessee, De- 
cember 31, 1862, both were made prisoners and 
taken to Richmond, Virginia, and held at Castle 
Thunder about five months, and in Libby Prison 
about eleven days. They were then exchanged, 
and returned to their Regiment. Keller was ad- 
vanced from a private to a Corporal, June 7, 1863, 
and to Sargeant February 1, 1864. 

They shared the following battles: Shiloh, 
Corinth, Stone River, Liberty Gap, Chicamauga, 
Mission Ridge, Siege of Atlanta, etc. After the 
War, they marched under orders (as a side issue) 
to the borders of Mexico to cast in their weight 
against the Maximilian insurjection. 

B.— SECOND PAIR 

Jeremiah Keller (V, 72) and John H. Bower 
(V, 55) both enlisted at Mansfield, O., the latter, on 



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October 18, 1862, and the former, October 25, 1862. 
Both were mustered out July 24, 1865, at Lexing-- 
ton, N. C, and discharged at Cleveland, O. Keller 
was for a while heavily afflicted with sore eyes 
from exposure and typhoid fever. He was in 
different hospitals : Murfreesborough, Nashville, 
New Albany, Indiana, and Camp Dennison, Ohio. 
When he was yet too weak for service, he insisted 
upon going" to the front but had to be left in the 
hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. He was then ap- 
pointed to duties in the "Soldier's Home." By his 
great perseverance he finally succeeded in again 
meeting- his Regiment in the month of March, 1864, 
at Leverne, Tennessee. 

Bower never left the Regiment from the begin- 
ning to the end, and was considered an expert in 
cavalry drill, especially in horsemanship. This is 
a wonderful record; to be a soldier for two years 
and nine months in the enemy's country, exposed 
by day and by night, yet never sick nor wounded. 

Their engagements with the enemy were: 
Sherman's Resaca and Atlanta campaigns. Raid 
around the Rebel General Hood's Army, which 
continued for three days and two nights with the 
dash and severity of a storm, Sherman's March to 
the Sea, North and South Carolina campaigns, and 
the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnson at 
Greensborough, North Carolina. 

Cousin Jeremiah is a member of Lafayette 
Post at Easton, Pa., G. A. R., No. 217, Dept. of 
Pennsylvania. He served as Chaplain for seven 
years— 1895-1902. 



CHAPTER XVIII 

WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOSEPH KELLER 

THIS Will is the one made by Joseph Keller 
(I, 1). Here we can see how careful he was, 
first, to provide for his wife; secondly, for 
the various members of his family. It is a quaint 
document, but its sincerity cannot be questioned 
for one moment. The editors present it in as near 
its original form as possible, hence no attention is 
paid to modern spelling-, punctuation, etc. 




Northampton County, ss. 

By the Tenor of these presents, I, 
John Ross, 

Register for the Probate of Wills, and granting 
Letters of Administration, in and for the County 
of Northampton, in the Commonwealth of Penn- 
sylvania. 

DO MAKE KNOWN unto all Men, that on 
the day of the date hereof at Easton, before 
me was proved, approved, and insinuated 
the last Will and Testament of Joseph Keller of 
Plainfield Township deceased, (a true copy whereof 
is to these presents annexed) having whilst he 
lived, and at the time of his death, divers Goods, 
Chatties, Rights, and Credits within the said Com- 
monwealth, by reason whereof the approbation and 
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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 127 

insinuation of the said last Will and Testament, 
and the committing" the administration of all and 
singular the Goods, Chatties, Rights and Credits, 
which were of the said deceased, and also the aud- 
iting- the Accompts, Calculations, and Reckonings 
of the said administration, and a final dismission 
from the same to me are manifestly known to be- 
long, and that administration of all and singular 
the Goods, Chatties, Rights, and Credits of the 
said deceased an}' way concerning his last Will and 
Testament was committed to Mary Engle widow 
of the said Deceased and Joseph Keller Son of the 
said Deceased The said widow by a renounciation 
filed in the Registers ofl&ce for the County of North- 
ampton has renounced & assigned all her right of 
Executorship to her son Joseph the other Executor 
in the said Testament named, he having first been 
duly Sworn well and truly to administer the Goods, 
Chatties, Rights, and Credits of the said deceased, 
and make a true and perfect inventory thereof, and 
exhibit the same into the Register's Office at Eas- 
ton, on or before the twenty first day of November 
next, and to render a true and just Accompt, Cal- 
culation, and Reckoning of the said administration, 
on or before the twenty first day of October (1801) 
or when thereunto lawfully required 

IN TESTIMONY whereof I have hereunto set 
my hand and seal of office, at Easton aforesaid, the 
twenty first day of October in the year of our Lord, 
one thousand eight hundred 

JOHN ROSS Rg 



128 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

In the Name of God Amen I Joseph Keller of 
Plainfield Township in the County of Northampton 
and State of Pennsylvania Yeoman being- in health 
and of Sound mind and Perfect Memory but weak 
in Body and Considering- the uncertainty of this 
life do make this my Testament & Last Will 
First It is my Will and I order that all my just 

Debts and funeral expences of every kind shall be 
fully paid and descharged out of my Estate. 

Secondly \ g-ivc and bequeath un^o my beloved Wife 

Mary Engle the sum of One Hundred Pounds of 
Lawful Money of Pennsylvania to be paid out of 
the Money I have on Interest. 

Thirdly \ give and bequeath unto Philip Keller my 

young-est Son, all my Messuages, Tenements, Plan- 
tations and tract of Land Situate in the Township 
aforesaid (and whereon I now live) Bounded by 
Land of Leonard Kern and Christian Bender and 
others containing about three Hundred Acres To- 
gether with all and Singular the Rights Liberties 
Privileg-es and appurtenances To have and to Hold 
the same to him the said Philip Keller his Heirs 
and Assigns forever. Under and Subject to the res- 
ervations, Stipulations Conditions and Payments fol- 
lowing that is to say that he the said Philip Keller 
his Heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns 
shall give and deliver to my said Wife Mary Engle 
Yearly and every Year during her natural life Three 
Bushels of good Wheat eight Bushels of good Rye 
Eight Bushels of good Buckwheat Three Bushels 
of Good Indian Corn ten Pounds of good Hatcheled 
Flax ten Pounds of tow and if there are Apples 







f^ t' 








CRAVES OF JOSKl'H KKLLER, SR., (I, 1), AND WIFE 

IN IM.AINKIKLD GKAVEYAKD 

1 have my hand on Mary Keller's (I, 2) tombstone. On my left, near by, is the 

tomb of Adam Keller (II, 2). Beyond the wall, is the road; 

beyond that, the house of the organist 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 129 

growing' in the Orchard on the said Premises as 
many as she may want for her own use. That he 
the said Philip Keller his Heirs Executors Admin- 
istrators or Assigns shall provide Cut and Deliver 
to her m}^ said Wifes Door or the Premises afore- 
said, during her natural life Sufficient Fire wood 
and if she should get weak or Sick find or procure 
and maintain a woman to nurse Cherish and wait 
on her keep her Cow which she may have in as 
good Condition and order as his or their own and 
on the said Premises, also during her natural life 
allow her also during her natural life the third 
part of the Ground of the now Garden and on the 
said Premises suffer her to Dwell in the house on 
the said Premises wherein I now reside and have 
the use of the Stove also in the same House during 
her natural life and Subject also to the Payment 
of five Hundred and twenty five Pounds of lawfuU 
Money aforesaid in Yearly Payments to my three 
Sons Simon Keller Joseph Keller and Jacob Keller 
their Executors Administrators or Assigns in equal 
Proportions and order of Seniority following That 
is to say One Hundred Seventy five Pounds to each 
of them thirty Pounds part of the said ^525 to 
my Eldest Son the said Simon Keller on the 27th 
Day of May next after my Decease thirty Pounds 
more thereof to my said second Son the said Joseph 
Keller on J;he 27 Day of May thence next fol- 
lowing the said of next following the said of first 
Payment thirty Pounds more thereof to my third 
Son the said Jacob Keller on the 27th Day of May 
thence next after the Day of the said Second Pay- 



130 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

ment and then beginning again with the Payment 
to my said Eldest Second & third Sons in the same 
order of Rotation until they respectively have re- 
ceived the Sum of one Hundred and Seventy five 
Pounds each. The Last Payment to each of them 
being only Twenty five Pounds. 
Fourthly 'V\\^ Residue of my Money I give and bequeath 

to said Sons Simon Keller Jacob Keller Joseph 
Keller and Philip Keller their Heirs Executors and 
Administrators or Assigns to be Divided Equally 
among them within Six Months after my Decease 
but all the rest & Residue of my Personal Estate 
of Which I may Die Possessed of what kind or 
nature soever, I give and bequeath to my said Wife 
her Executors Administrators or Assigns absolutely 
Fifthly I ^Q Nominate and appoint my said Wife Ex- 

ecutrix and my said Son Joseph Keller Executor of 
this my Testament and last Will hereby revoking 
all former Testaments or Wills by me made In 
Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal this seventh Day of March one Thousand, 
Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven. 

Signed Sealed Published and declared by the 
above named Testator Joseph Keller to his Testa- 
ment and Last Will in the presence of us who have 
hereunto subscribed our names at the request and 
in the presence of him the Testator. 

JOSEPH + KELLER ] seai, \ 

mark ( . . _ - , . J 

Jacob Heller | John Young | Cljnftian Benber 



Lastly 



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Northampton County, ss 

On the 21st Day of October A" D" 1800 Before 
me John Ross Reg-ister for the Probate of Wills 
«&c in and for the County of Northampton came 
Jacob Heller John Young- and Christian Bender 
the Subscribing Witnesses to the foreg-oing- Last 
Will and Testament of Joseph Keller Deceased 
who being- duly Sworn according- to Law did depose 
and say that they were present at the Execution of 
said Will and did see and hear the said Testator 
Sig-n Seal Publish and declare the same as and for 
his Last Will & Testament and that at the Doing- 
thereof he the said Testator was of Sound mind 
memory and understanding- to the best of their 
Knowledg-e and belief and also that they these 
Deponants Subscribed their names as witnesses to 
the said Last Will and Testament in the presence 
and at the request of the said Testator and in the 
presence of each other Witness my Hand 

JOHN ROSS Register 



CHAPTER XIX 

REMINISCENCES 
WHAT BECAME OF THE DEER? 

Above the Keller mill, at Delabole, Pennsyl- 
vania, Gottlieb Snyder and his family lived a long- 
time ago. Afterward the farm was owned and oc- 
cupied by Michael Delp and his family. The Sny- 
ders were hunters and were well acquainted with 
the deer and their habits. Now, Rev. Thomas 
Pomp, pastor of the Plainfield Cong-reg-ation and 
living at Easton, was also fond of the chase, and 
in the time of deer-hunting (in the Fall of the 
year) often spent a week or more in the Snyder 
family. They were no members of his nor any 
other church — all they had with which to please 
and entertain the pastor were dogs, g"uns and the 
like. I remember of Father Pomp relating the 
sport they had like this: "Was hawe mir die 
Hersch doch springe mache — was sie aus 'm Leib 
hawe springe konne!" (How we did make the deer 
run — with all the power they had!) 

This same family had a tame deer, and early 
one morning father, Philip Keller (H, 11), opened 
his shutters to look out, behold ! that deer, whose 
home was about a mile away, was in his garden 
lustily making away with his vegetables. His gun 
was loaded and near at hand, and he said to him- 
self and mother Keller: "I will scare the feller 
and save the garden." With that he fired, the 
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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 133 

deer jumped high over the fence and out of the 
g-arden, but that was its last jump. The g-arden 
was far from the house, up in the orchard. In my 
early childhood I often saw it, with a large hy- 
drangea beside the gate. Mr. Snyder was a man 
inclined to make trouble. His deer disappeared, 
but how and where no one ever discovered — so the 
Snyders and the Kellers remained good neighbors. 
— Eli Keller. 

GATHERING HUCKLEBERRIES ON THE 
BLUE MOUNTAIN 

Fetching huckleberries from the Blue Moun- 
tain was one of our chief pleasures. The variety 
was the "Early Little Blue." A fire on the moun- 
tain would kill and consume the tops; next year, 
sprouting from the roots, new branches seven or 
eight inches long would grow up, and the year 
after, be in bearing condition. The time to find 
them was immediately after the cutting of grain in 
harvest. Early in the morning, large parties of 
men, women and children would start towards 
"Shover's Gap." At an early hour already the 
heat was frequently intense, but a little later, some 
refreshing breezes would arise. Toward the top of 
said gap, is a beautiful and excellent spring- of 
water, nestled in a mossy bed of fern, &c. There 
a g-ood drink was taken, and some more water taken 
along in the vessels. If the berries were a g-ood 
crop, the little stalks were lying- over, and the 
berries could be taken literally by the handfuls. 
The adjective little applied only to the stalk, not 



134 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

to the berries which were the size of an ordinary 
cherry. There were no seeds, and the pulp was 
very sweet and luscious. It was a common saying, 
that the eating of them, however many, would do 
no harm. In a very short time, buckets and kettles 
were filled to the top. Some, at times, took the 
bark of young chestnut trees, about four inches in 
diameter, and about five feet long, and made rustic 
buckets, which answered a good purpose. — Eli 
Keller. 

'S MUHL-STUBCHE (THE LITTLE 
MILL ROOM) 
In our mill was a room, known as "Miihl- 
Stiibche." It might have been called the office. 
There was an old ten-plate wood-stove in it, a 
bench and a couch, also a large work-bench stored 
with all manner of tools. At times, the mill was 
run all night, as well as during the day. In rainy 
days, the "Stiibche" was, as a rule, well filled. To 
pass away the time, some games were occasionally 
played, especially "Fig-mill," with red and white 
grains of corn. Card-playing had a bad reputa- 
tion, and was on that account prohibited. — Eli 
Keller. 

"LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION" 
Father had for years a German miller, John 
Emmerliug, who had a number of children: George, 
Joseph, Anton, Rachael, &c. One da}' we children 
made up a party to go up the hill to get early pears 
at John Gottschal's. Mr. G. had children: Aaron, 
Herman, Isaac, Katie and Polly. Early pears were 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 135 

a great thing- to our taste, the more so, since we 
had none of our own. When we got there, Mr. G. 
was at home, and instead of receiving us with a 
smile, frowned and drove us away. We retreated 
to the public road, and there awaited further de- 
velopments. I alone was called back and the 
frowns were all turned into smiles. Mr. G. filled 
my pockets and my handkerchief with pears, but 
said: "Those children before this came around 
here to steal, and if I can avoid it, they will not 
get a bite of my pears." I was thus taught that 
"Honesty is the best policy." — Eu Keller. 

"REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY TO 
KEEP IT HOLY" 

Around our first home, and along- the beautiful 
creek, were plenty of bushes, among- which we 
loved to roam. The birds and the fish were our 
favorite companions, especially the latter. Below 
our house, the creek made a turn to the right, 
forming, under the broad limbs of several large 
spruce trees, a deep dam of water. In the after- 
noon, the lowering sun often shone brightly into 
the water, and the fine large suckers, with spark- 
ling eyes, lay before us as in a mirror. One Sun- 
day afternoon, we children stood facing the fish, 
and forgot the Fourth Commandment. We snared 
about a dozen fine suckers, and placed them in a 
small dam behind us. To bring- them home on 
Sunday would never do, but on Monday, we ex- 
pected to smuggle them in, and be praised for good 
luck. For safe keeping- we placed sticks over the 



136 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

little prisoners, then all manner of rubbish for hid- 
ing- the booty. On Monday we returned, but alas! 
the fish were all gone. Some cunning fox, or other 
abominable creature, had stolen them. Thus we 
learned, that: 

"A Sabbath profaned, whatever may be gained, 
Is a certain forerunner of sorrow." 

—Eli Keller. 

WILD PIGEONS 

It was in the Fall of the year, when brother 
Philip and I were plowing sod for corn the coming 
season, as our custom was. The air was already 
cool, and our "round-abouts" were closely buttoned 
up. The field was on high ground, whence we 
could look far and wide, along the range of the 
Blue Mountain. The Wind Gap was opposite us 
and in the clear sky seemed very near though fully 
three miles away. The Delaware Water Gap was 
on the north-east, and the Lehigh Water Gap on 
the south-west many miles away. The sky was 
remarkably clear and of a bright blue. Anon, we 
noticed in the distance what at first we took to be 
dark clouds, some smaller, some larger, some round 
fleece-like bodies, others in long banks like floatidg 
islands. At first, we supposed that those were 
omens of violent storms about to burst somewhere, 
though with us the air was calm. Soon such clouds, 
rolling out of the Wind Gap apparently, came in 
a line of at least a mile in length and straight to- 
ward us like an attacking army. Our teams were 
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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 137 

we now recognized as an innumerable host of wild 
pig-eons. Being- on high ground, the birds were 
nearer to us. Their wings made a strange noise, 
akin to the myriads of flying locusts in the east. 
Our horses became alarmed, as we noticed by the 
cocking of their ears. We called a "Whoa !" — and 
running to their heads, held and quieted them. For 
about five minutes the rustling and rushing sound 
continued. Such a scene I never witnessed before, 
nor since — and never shall. Our opinion was, that 
those pigeons had bred and gathered in the marshes 
and mountains of Monroe Co., then, by some means, 
were disturbed and put to flight eastward. — Eli 
KeIvLER. 

THE MILLER AND LITTLE ELI 

Mother, Mary Keller, wife of John H. Keller, 
inherited about eight hundred dollars from her 
father, Casper Engler. With that money a house 
was bought of Frederick Febles, located about a 
mile above the mill, toward the Blue Mountain. 
That house at one time was occupied by John 
McFall, who was at the same time the miller. He 
took his dinners at our house. When the meals 
were nearly ready, it was my pleasant duty to go to 
the mill with the summons. He would pick me up 
and carry me high on his whitened shoulders to our 
house. On the way was a steep little hill, covered 
at that time with laurel and other evergreens. He 
also sang songs for me, which I often since then 
wished to hear. One was about "Young Johnny, 
the miller, who courted of late" — his girl was — 



138 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

•'Beautiful Kate." The other had in its chorus: 
"Fire in the mountains, run, boys, run !" — Eivi 
Keller. 

A TRIP TO THE SUNNY SOUTH 

In 1869, July the 5th, brother Joseph, sister 
Susan, and a school teacher, Sarah Rexroth, and I 
left Ohio to visit Tennessee, especiall}' the battle- 
field of Stone River, at Murfreesboroug-h, where 
our beloved brothers were sacrificed with many 
others on the altar of our American Union. We 
met at Forest, and via Dayton, Ohio, and Louisville, 
Kentucky, came to Clarksville, Tennessee, on the 
Cumberland River. There we took a steamboat, 
The Luella, for Dover, and visited the battlefield 
of Fort Donaldson. On Friday night we returned 
to Clarksville and continued to Nashville, reaching 
there about 2 A. M., on Saturday. Soon after 
starting up the river in the evening, the sky dark- 
ened and distant thunder was heard. The darkness 
became so great that we could not proceed. The 
boat was lashed to some trees on the banks of the 
river and fire kindled on deck, fore and aft, to pre- 
vent collision. The shower was quite heavy and 
the scene weird and wonderful. The clouds and 
the rain having passed by, the silvery moon ap- 
peared full orbed in the heavens. The air was 
very serene and the deck-hands — all negroes — at 
many points had to move goods on or off in large 
quantities. All the while they were at work they 
were singing their songs, and did so in a style all 
their own. Such a scene, and in the midst of such 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 139 

nerve killing- sounds, would have been enough to 
drive sleep far enough away, but our attention was 
differently enlisted. A fine middle-aged man, well 
dressed, approached us in friendly conversation. I 
think he called himself Dr. Clark, and he intro- 
duced us to another man. Rev. Karstarphon, of the 
M. E. Church, and wife. Both knew us to be from 
the North. The ministerial couple showed their 
aversion, by soon turning us their backs. But not 
so Dr. C. Turning to me as the older, whilst we 
paced the deck, he said; "You whipped us and 
you whipped us completely, and we are much 
obliged P'' I said: "Doctor, I cannot comprehend. 
I take you to be an honest man, yet am unable to 
believe what you say." He continued: "I speak 
the true sentiments of my heart. We based our- 
selves on States' Rights, and as to that, we are now 
cured. Could I now change the results of the war, 
I would not do so. I have traveled extensively. In 
France, I met a master of Political Economy speak- 
ing of our government. He said: 'You have a 
beautiful form of government, and it is strong too, 
against outside pressure, but equally weak as to 
inside pressure. Yes, I must tell you, that the ele- 
ments are now at work that will burst the fabric of 
your government into a thousand fragments.' " He 
continued: "I may possibly see that man again, 
and desire again to ask his opinion of our govern- 
ment; I can assure him that we did our utmost to 
break the government, and failed utterly. I repeat 
then, we are much obliged for xvhat you did.'" We 
spent a Sunday, July 11, in Murfreesborough. On 



140 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

Monday, a negro teamster showed us the battle- 
field. We were in the one-story log cabin, where 
both brothers died, and saw, too, where they had 
been buried. The cabin was occupied by a negro, 
a Baptist minister, and his family. He told us how 
he still spent his nights in fear in the marshes, 
how his letters, to and from Michigan addressed to 
his son-in-law, were intercepted, &c. We visited 
the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky on the way back, 
and spent four hours in the bowels of the Earth. 
The whole trip was to us a sad, and yet a satisfac- 
tory one. — Eli Keller. 

HOW THE BOYS SLID DOWN FROM 
"JAKE'S KOP" 

The fields forming the sides of the hill, called 
"Jake's Kop" in this history, were very popular for 
coasting. In those days a no uncommon part of 
the Winter's outfit was a large sleigh, in size about 
midway between a common cutter and a two-horse 
sled. It made a long ride to go from an upper cor- 
ner of one of those fields diagonally to a lower 
corner. 

One Winter's day, quite a party of young men 
decided to take a ride. The right-hand field in 
front of the old home was selected, and to make the 
merry ride as long as possible it was to begin at the 
upper left-hand corner of the large field and end in 
the lower right-hand corner. This would make a 
ride of nearly a quarter of a mile. The happy, 
hopeful, eager little party pulled the big sleigh up 
to the place of starting, and crowded it full to the 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 141 

last available space. At the word, they started, 
and away they went like the wind! And now come 
to mind some of Southey's description of the water 
coming down the Cataract of Lodore, which we 
read in our school readers of those days: 

"With its rush and its roar, 
And away it proceeds, 
Helter-skelter, 
Hurry-skurry. 
Till, in this rapid race 
On which it is bent, 
It reaches the place 
Of its steep descent." 

On they went at more desperate speed, and 
every moment gaining- more fearful momentum, 
when, quick as a flash, the sled put its nose into 
the ground, threw its heels into the air and away 
went the promiscuous crowd to finish the race with- 
out the sled! And now comes Southey again to 
help us in the description: 

"And thundering and floundering-; 
Dividing and gliding and sliding. 
And falling and brawling and sprawling." 

They rolled like logs, they went end-over- 
end, they bunched up like big snowballs, and with 
all sorts of motions, and in a few moments they 
dotted the hillside all battered, banged and bruised. 

Thus they came down the "steep descent" in 
the big field, where the Old Chestnut Tree still 
chuckles as a lone witness of the daring escapade. 

The young men had forgotten that late in the 
Fall quite a strip at the foot of the hill had been 



142 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

plowed. That explains why the sled at a certain 
point refused to g-o any further. — Reuben Keller. 

A GIRL CHARMED 
In a meadow near the old home, there were 
quite a number of large apple trees. When those 
trees were yet comparatively small, in the time of 
haying the hired girl was working in the meadow. 
At noontime the girl was called to dinner. She, 
however, did not come promptly. On investiga- 
tion she was seen standing stock-still under one of 
those trees. One of the men hurried to the spot 
and found a large black-snake in the tree staring 
at the girl just as steadily as the girl looked up at 
the snake. The man quickly called for a gun and 
the snake was killed and the girl walked to the 
house. Tradition says that the snake charmed the 
girl; yet, according to Jer. 8:17, the girl might 
have charmed the snake. — Reuben Keller. 

A REBUKE AND ITS GOOD FRUIT 
About the beginning of the year 1901, Rev. 
Reuben Keller (V, 76), on board a train on the 
Wabash railroad, in north-western Ohio, made the 
acquaintance of an old gentleman by the name of 
Kaltenbach. On hearing the name Keller, the old 
man inquired more particularly, and being informed 
that the Crawford County Kellers were referred to, 
he related the following incident: When a young 
man, he worked as an apprentice in John Keil's 
blacksmith shop at Bucyrus. One day Rev. Eli 
Keller (IV, 6) brought his little horse to the shop 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 143 

to get him shod. Mr. Keil set the young- Kalten- 
bach to work on the little horse. The horse was 
rather fractious, and the young- man being quite 
worldly, gave expression to some very profane 
words. Rev. Keller listened a little while, then 
said; "1st das was sie beten konnen?" (Is that 
what you can pray? or, is that the way you pray?) 
The old man said, that, wicked as he then was, he 
could never shake off the effect of that gentle re- 
buke until he began to lead a Christian life. At 
the time of the conversation, he was an Elder in a 
large Lutheran congregation in Edon, Williams 
Co., Ohio. 

HOW THE CORN WAS HOED 

It was on a Spring day, over one-third of a 
century ago. The father of a family, consisting 
largely of boys, was a Township Trustee, and on 
the day mentioned had to be from home to attend 
to some township business. The corn in the new- 
ground was ready for cultivation. The father 
gave his orders, namely, for the oldest boy to do 
the plowing and the others the hoeing, and all to 
do good work. 

All went on quite well, excepting that the 
younger boys occupied the fences and stumps a 
little too much to suit the older brother, who con- 
sidered himself clothed with paternal authority for 
the day, and frequently indulged in dignified com- 
mands to those beneath him. 

The dinner bell rang — blessed music to all ! 
The horse understood and whinnied ; the elder 



144 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

brother unhitched and rode on home; and the other 
boys, in a jiffy, hoed (?) each his own row to the 
end. A practical thought struck these youngsters. 
Not believing- in doing their "first-works" over on 
the same day, and to make sure that no such mis- 
take would be made, stuck a stake so that they 
would know just where to begin after dinner. 

Coming to the fertile West brought a quick 
crop of brilliant ideas in the minds of "the rising 
generation." — Reuben Keller. 

This refers to the Joseph Keller (IV, 17) boys. 
-[Ed.] 

A TOBOGGAN SLIDE 

A small distance up stream from the Old Kel- 
ler Mill was the dam, from which the mill received 
its supply of water. Right by that dam was the 
schoolhouse, where a number of the Keller connec- 
tion of the fifth generation went to school. Right 
across the road from the schoolhouse were two 
fields with quite steep hills. Those hills were 
much used for coasting, and many a merry noon 
hour was spent there. Sometimes the "Master" 
would forbid the smaller ones to go to the hills. 
Now, this fifth generation were not all perfect, it 
had a few naught}' and knotty limbs. One Winter 
day those hillsides were a perfect glare of ice, and 
at first only the larger pupils ventured to climb 
them. But, by and by, one of the least of the chil- 
dren, one of those knotty Kellers mentioned, began 
to pick his way up the icy slope. When he was 
nearly at the top and read}' to crow over the tri- 




THE JACOB KELLER (111,34) OHIO HOME 
LATER THE JOSEPH KELLER {IV. 17) HOME 




THE JOHN HENRY KELLER (111,32) OHIO HOME 
LATER THE PHILIP KELLER (IV, 1) HOME 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 145 

umph achieved, his little feet let loose and the mo- 
tion was reversed. He beg-an to g-o faster and 
faster, and his fright became greater as the speed 
increased. Now, near the foot of the hill was a 
post-and-rail fence, and a few rods below that the 
mill-race. The little fellow was lying- down with 
his face toward the ground and slipping along at a 
great rate. By a natural law still in force, the 
heavy end got into the lead and so head-foremost 
he went on toward the foot of the hill. Ten 
thousand thoughts, more or less, passed through 
his mind. He hoped that the bottom rail of that 
fence would be high enough to let him pass through 
under in safety, and that the ice on the race 
would be thick enough to bear the shock when he 
would plunge down over the bank. But he could 
not see any space under that bottom rail, hope had 
all gone out, and in another moment he expected 
to strike the fence. But just when he looked for 
the tragic end, he shot head-long- into a deep snow- 
bank right by that fence. The little fellow dug- his 
way out of the drift, brushed off the snow from his 
home-spun clothes, and walked to the schoolhouse 
looking just as innocent as possible. Guess who 
it was. — Reuben Keller. 

This refers to Reuben Keller (V, 76).— [Ed.] 

A RESURRECTION 

The larg-e walnut tree represented in the pic- 
ture of the old Pennsylvania home, standing in 
front of the house and between it and the spring-- 
run, was blown down one very stormy nig-ht. The 



146 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

tree lay prostrate, torn up by the roots. The next 
day Joseph Keller (IV, 17) began to cut up the tree. 
The process went on without any special incident 
until he was cutting off the last branch. At first, 
he stood on the branch and trunk, but to work to 
better advantage, he stepped off and stood on the 
ground, and just as the last stroke of the axe fell 
that severed the limb from the trunk, more quickly 
than it can be told, the body of the tree rose up- 
right. In the fall some of the roots were not bro- 
ken, and being on a tremendous tension, pulled the 
tree back into an erect position. New branches 
put forth and the tree stood for years afterward. 

Joseph always was of the opinion that, if he 
had remained standing on the tree till the last 
branch (so much heavier than he) was oil, he would 
have been severel}' injured, or hurled to a violent 
death. — Reuben Keller. 

JOSEPH KELLER'S HOUSE ATTACKED 

Joseph Keller, Sr., (I, 1) had just heard a ru- 
mor that the Indians were going to make a raid up- 
on the neighborhood. For security, he at once 
took his family to the Jacob Ruth Fort, a place of 
common defense in case of danger, situated about 
one mile south-east of the old Plainfield Church. 
Joseph then returned to his house, located a short 
distance west of the present village of Delabole, to 
take care of the stock he was compelled to leave be- 
hind. Nearing the house, he saw the Indians in 
the loft of the old house appropriating his highly- 
prized and hard-earned crop of tobacco. The sight 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 147 

of this ang"ered him so much that he said if he had 
had enough men, he would have gfone to the house, 
locked the doors, fired the house and burned house, 
Indians, tobacco and all. 

A TESTIMONIAL FROM A DISTIN- 
GUISHED SOURCE 

In the Eng-lish Reformed Church Year Book 
and Almanac, for the year 1880, there appeared a 
historic sketch under the title, "Joseph Keller" 
(I, 1), written originally in German by Rev. Eli 
Keller, D. D., (IV, 6) for the German Church Year 
Book. The sketch was translated into Eng-lish by 
the Rev. Jeremiah H. Good, D. D., for many years 
the efficient Professor of Mathematics in Heidel- 
berg College, and for the remainder of his life, 
Professor of Dogmatic Theology in Heidelberg 
Theological Seminary. 

Dr. Keller says in the sketch: "Hence it 
seems to me to be quite appropriate to write down 
here the history of one of my ancestors, &c." Then 
Dr. Good says in parenthesis: "Much more of this 
kind should be done before it is too late. These 
historical parts will become of the deepest interest 
to our posterity. It is long since I have read a 
more deeply interesting narrative than this of the 
father of the Keller family." 

Again, the sketch says: "Joseph Keller, with 
an older brother and with a half-brother named 
Good (Guth), also concluded to go to America." 
Then Dr. Good, again in parenthesis, says: "It is 
quite probable that the father of this Good was 



148 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

also the ancestor or a relative of the ministers of 
this name in the Reformed Church. There are 
four of them now. Their ancestor, Jacob Good, 
was born in 1747, and, in 1766, emigrated from 
Zweibriicken to America." 

After Dr. Good had made the translation, he 
wrote a very complimentar)' letter (under date of 
Aug. 5, 1879), in which he speaks thus: "I think 
the sketch a charming- one, artistically put together 
and produced in excellent style. It is well worth a 
wider circulation even than it will attain in the 
English Almanac. Of course, I studied it carefully 
while translating it, and must say honestly, that it 
displays a real genms in that kind of literature, 
especially in that nameless thing we call style. 
Take the sentence, commencing 'Da ward ihnen 
der blaue Berg, &c.,' as an example. How few 
would have thought of that, or having thought of 
it, been able to express it with so much simplicity 
and picturesqueness. (The whole sentence referred 
to, is translated thus: The Blue Mountains, with 
their rocks, springs, and woods became in their 
eyes a second Hardt; the mountain stream was for 
them their native Saar; the Martins Creek was the 
Moselle, and the Delaware the Rhine.) 

"I would suggest, that whenever you feel like 
it, you write similar sketches, either from real life 
or from history^ for future Almanacs, and for the 
Church papers. And I would suggest, still farther 
that this sketch of Joseph Keller (and similar ones) 
be published as S. S. Books, in English and Ger- 
man. I would want no better S. S. Books than one 



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or two hundred like this of Joseph Keller. The 
boys and girls, if once they got hold of it, would 
read it over and over again, like we used to 
read Robinson Crusoe, and the Swiss Family 
Robinson, and certainly its religious and moral in- 
fluence would be of the best kind," No doubt the 
historic narrative by Dr. Keller and the very com- 
plimentary references and kindly request of the 
now Sainted Dr. Good, have had much influence in 
bringing our history to the fuller and more per- 
manent form of this book. — Reuben Keller. 

ON, AT, AND OVER "JAKE'S KOP" 

If that hill, "Jake's Kop," would have a tongue 
to speak, in what varied tones and feelings it could 
tell of real historic facts — interesting, romantic, 
thrilling, tragic, ludicrous and solemn, comical 
and pathetic! 

(1) — It could tell all about Father Joseph's 
(I, 1) faithful team, his rude plow, and just where 
he was working when the merciless Indians stole 
their way along on the other side. 

(2) — It could draw an interesting word-picture 
for the boys and girls of to-day of the Schwova 
Fens (Suabian fence), so constructed that each 
rail with the lower end on the ground served as a 
prop to keep the whole fence from slipping down 
hill. 

(3) — How feelingly it would no doubt speak (a) 
of the inconvenience in farming those steep sides; 
plowing along the hillside turning every furrow 
toward its foot, with one horse several feet above 



150 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

the other, and the man no doubt often wishing- his 
down-hill leg five or six inches longer than the 
other; (b) of the jolly band of harvesters— old men, 
young mothers and buxom girls — earlier "with 
sickles keen" and later with cradle and rake; and 
of the faithful wife bring-ing out the "nine o'clock 
piece" and spreading it out under the Old Chestnut 
Tree; how this little feast and a little draw from 
the "Schnapps" bottle made them forg^et the incon- 
venience of the sweat and weariness of the flesh; 
(c) of when the time came to haul in the grain, 
how the big four- or six-horse team had to circle 
round to get to the top, and then how the wheels 
were chained to the ladders with the large chains 
knotted at the bottom of the wheel so that deep 
furrows were torn into the ground as they drove 
straight down the hill, and how the horses, at times 
had to sit down dog-fashion, bracing themselves, 
to keep the wagon from running over them. 

(4) — How complainingly could these fields 
speak of the cruel dashes of rain that tore great 
gullies into their sides, almost deep enough to 
bury a plowman and his team. 

(5) — It could tell of whole under-ground villages 
of ground hogs, those hardy, shy and mischiev- 
ous creatures, and how, while grandfather and one 
of the boys were grinding some tool under the wal- 
nut tree, the little dog Tippy kept up a constant and 
excited barking over in the hill-field; and how, the 
grinding being done, they called, "Here Bull, here 
Bull," and the old bull-dog responding promptly, 
they went over to the hillside and found a large 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 151 

ground hog- backed up against an apple tree keep- 
ing- Tippy at bay, and then how Bull took the hog- 
by the nape of the neck and shook the life out of it, 
and how the boy carried the animal home tri- 
umphantly and had it dressed and roasted. 

(6) — And then, again, when the summer 
breezes g-ently beat the large hillsides of rye into 
waves that traveled one after another toward the 
top, the voice could tell us how Jacob (III, 34) was 
a lover of children, as he, in a teasing but g-ood- 
natured wa\ , told the children that those waves 
were produced by the g-round hogs running through 
the g-rain. 

(7) — Again, that brushy, bushy piece of tim- 
ber at the top (so much resembling- the big-, round, 
bushy head of Father Jacob) could tell a pleasing^ 
story of how, toward the close of day, the birds 
came from all directions to seek rest for the nig-ht; 
and how the boys bent down a limb or sprout to set 
a snare for a rabbit and that usually the boy was 
doomed to disappointment, when the rabbit was 
not caught, but sitting somewhere in the bushes 
"making- big- eyes" at him; and how the boys at 
other times would worry their way up there to cut 
straight, smooth chestnut sprouts for whistles and 
to gather a few huckleberries or fresh shoots of 
wintergreen. 

(8) — With what eloquence and delightful 
memories that field, where the Old Chestnut Tree 
stands, could tell of its once thriving orchard, how 
the original Kellers planted seed or set the young 
trees and then watched and waited for the fruit; and 



152 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

of the oceans of apples that grew and fell and 
covered the whole slope of the orchard. Apples ! 
apples I — Bellflowers, Pippins, Spitzenburgs, Van- 
deveres, Seeknofarthers, Grindstones, g-alore ! And 
of the men taking the wagon to the orchard, un- 
hitching the team and going to other fields to plow 
while the women loaded the wagon with apples to 
be crushed and squeezed in that rude old press 
which the boys at one time undertook to paint, 
using brickdust for the coloring and spring water 
for oil, and how the whole scene ended suddenly 
and dramatically, when the boy who went to dip 
oil slipped upon the frosty plank and fell headlong 
into the spring. 

(9)— The Old Chestnut Tree could testify how 
Jacob (III, 34) and Elizabeth (III, 35), after windy 
Autumn nights, came up early in the morning to 
gather the nuts that had been shattered from its 
branches, before some sneak-thief would steal them 
or industrious little ground squirrel store them up 
for itself. 

(10) — We could also hear the voice speak with 
mingled joy and sadness of the Keller boys and 
their associates sneaking out on a Sabbath day, 
keeping the barn between them and the house, and 
in great glee beginning to coast on the steep hill- 
side. The visitors being out of the sight of their 
parents, and the Keller parents not being able to 
look through the barn, all considered themselves 
safe, and all went well for awhile. But when one 
of the smallest fell from his sled, and one of the 
oldest coming right behind ran into the little fel- 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 153 

low, laying" his cheek wide open, the Sunday sport 
suddenly ended. The visitors stole quietly down the 
meadow and the Kellers, again keeping the barn 
between them and the house, found their way home. 
But we never heard what reason they gave why 
their sleds were left back of the barn, or how they 
explained the gash in the little brother's cheek. 

(11) — Then this hill of romantic witness-bear- 
ing could testify of a young fellow, a successor of 
one of the Major Prophets, Jerry (V, 72) for short, 
who could mount a stone or stump or stake-and- 
rider fence and preach a sermon, imitating David 
Henniug (pro. Dawfid Hayning) or the pastor at 
the Plainfield Church. It could again testify that 
this young fellow was capable of doing some other 
things, and in the exercise of another set of talents 
caught a rooster and carried it up the hill to the Old 
Chestnut Tree, set it on a limb, then shook it off to 
see it fly home; then comes a deep, doleful voice 
telling how the father fixed up accounts with the 
boy. No wonder that after testifying to all these 
events, the Old Chestnut Tree has worn a blighted 
top for fifty years or more! Enough to make a 
human head bald! 

(12) — And what a charming and fascinating 
tale this "Kop" could tell of the marriage of 
Joseph (IV, 17) and Lovina (IV, 18), and the ar- 
rangements for a first-class belling! How the 
crowd of youngsters, bent upon getting all the fun 
out of it possible, marched up the hill with all 
sorts of instruments, entered the brushy piece of 
timber at the top, and by their hideous noise started 



154 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

the foxes from their hiding' places and frig-htened 
them out of the woods, down the hill on the 
other side, and on toward the Blue Mountain bark- 
ing- and yelping as they went. But let Jacob 
Bruch, who related the story, tell it in his own 
way: "Do sin die Fiix ap g' sprunge, aus 'm Bush 
raus, 'm Hivel nunncr un 'ra Bloe Berg zu! Des 
war aver en g' bloff un en g' boiler das es alle 
Match g'botte hot." (Thereupon the foxes ran 
out of the copse, down the hill toward the Blue 
Mountain. The barking and noise was beyond 
comparison.) — Reuben Keller. 

A LONG JOURNEY AFOOT 

This journey was made by Philip Keller (IV, 
1) and Joseph Keller (IV, 17). Quite a full his- 
tory was prepared by Philip, of which we can here 
give only a very condensed account. A large num- 
ber of relatives and friends — Shooks, Millers, Shel- 
lys and Kellers, all former playmates of the Kel- 
lers, had removed farther north in the state, espe- 
cially to Wyoming Co., Pa. "It was very painful 
to have them leave us." Among them were the 
grandparents, uncles and aunts of Joseph. 

"Our hunger to see them increased, and father 
(III, 32) and uncle Jacob (III, 34) made us the 
promise, that if we would push our work, we might 
visit them after seeding was done. We pushed the 
work, and though time appeared to go slow, the 
day set for our departure finally came. We were 
as green as could be." 

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was about 20 or 21 years old and Joseph 18 or 19 
years old. 

Early in the morning-, each having- a little 
bundle of clothing and lunch, they started out to 
Wind Gap, Saylersburg, Broadhead, &c. Up the 
Pocono Mountain for three miles the way was 
thronged with lumber teams. The boys spent the 
night at a tavern on top of the mountain; in the 
evening- they were entertained by loung-ers, with 
hunters' stories, of conflicts with bears, panthers, 
&c., and what a hero and public benefactor the one 
was who had killed a panther. Next day, while 
going along wild and rough ways, the stories of 
the past night made the boys constantly think that 
some ravenous beast might leap out of its hiding 
place. When they were yet on the mountain, the 
beautiful Wyoming Valley burst into view with 
bewitching effect. Then a bird's-eye view of 
Wilkes Barre and the broad Susquehanna lay before 
them in their beauty. They went on to Kingston, 
to an old fort, and across the river on a ferry. At 
Pittston they pulled off their shoes and waded 
through the Lackawanna, literally thronging with 
fish; thence to Buttermilk Falls- "Three falls like 
high stairs and the water looks like milk from a 
distance." 

At the home of Henry Shook. "Who can im- 
agine our feelings when we stepped into the midst 
of our dear old playmates ! The surprise was as 
great to them as to us. Who can imagine all the 
questions about friends, the old home, &c. ! " 

Joseph wore thin boots and his feet became 



156 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

very sore; Philip wore thick-soled shoes and so 
fared better. He took a side trip of seven miles 
while Joseph rested. Then on they went to Tunk- 
hannock together. The country was wild, settlers 
Yankees, no churches, but attended services in a 
schoolhouse. 

A moon-lig-ht clover seed cutting- was arranged 
for the amusement of the young- visitors. For the 
first time these young- Kellers saw the long- scythe 
with crooked snath used. They however concluded 
that the short, broad Dutch scythe did cleaner 
work. Quite a field was mowed in two hours. 

Also an evening- party was gotten up in honor 
of the guests. "Singing, marching and counter- 
marching beat anything we ever saw." Then they 
stopped at the home of John Shelly, high on the 
river bluff. Soon they went on to Columbia Co. via 
Wilkes Barre; walked on the towpath to Nanticoke; 
visited a coal mine; reached the home of Alexander 
Miller, but on account of serious sickness there, did 
not remain. It was night, but after some trouble, 
they found a tavern. On account of drunken 
miners and rough conduct they left next morning 
without breakfast. "Crossed the river in a bateau 
perhaps 30 feet long and not much wider than a 
big feed trough. He, the boatman, saw we were 
green and laughed heartily at our fear." Finally 
they reached a tavern and ordered breakfast. The 
lusty woman said: "You look as though you needed 
something to cat." They went on down the river, 
and bought some crackers that proved stale, hard 
as walnuts, and infested with ants. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 157 

Then they visited a Jacob Keller, and went 
with the children to church, and heard a "Rev. 
Bergstresser deliver an exciting sermon." 

Next the}' found the home of Samuel Keller. 
"Delig-htful company!" Then they went to Mauch 
Chunk. According" to the mile stones, they walked 
at the rate of a mile every fifteen minutes. At an 
eating house at Hazleton a drunken man threat- 
ened to abuse Joseph, but he was protected by 
others. A coal train was ready to start to Mauch 
Chunk and the friendly engineer invited them to 
get on the engine. The fare was to be 25 cents' 
worth of treats. After the train had gone some 
distance, it was halted at a tavern. The Kellers 
paid the 25 cents, but remained on the engine. 
There was terrible profanity among the miners. 
The train started but was hindered by cattle on 
the track; then a butcher drove along on the track 
for some distance but the train did not overtake 
him. Philip says : "I do not remember of hearing 
a man swear until we reached Carbon County." 
They did not like the looks of Mauch Chunk, so 
they went on down the river, the Lehigh, to Le- 
highton, for the night. Next morning they went 
on down the river to the Blue Mountain, through 
the Wind Gap over into their own old Northampton 
County; then through Nazareth, Filetown, &c., to 
their Plainfield homes. 

Facts were furnished by Philip Keller. In the 
light of the modern modes of travel, the preceding 
sketch is very instructive to all of us. — [Ed.] 



CHAPTER XX 

REUNION AND ASSOCIATION HISTORY 

Even before any reunions were held or a formal 
organization effected, the matter of family g^ather- 
ings had received some attention by several 
branches of the Keller connection. Also, the hope 
was expressed that at some time there might be a 
representative gathering at the old historic place 
in Pennsylvania, where the original American 
head of our family settled. But for a long time 
none of these fond hopes or anticipations were 
realized. The sentiment, expressed later by the 
author of this book, had been 13'ing quiet in many 
a Keller soul; and when read to the gathering of a 
large portion of the Western families, it met with 
an enthusiastic response. Dr. Eli Keller (IV, 6) 
said: "I am an advocate of family reunions. 
There should be in every family a family pride, or 
call it a family consciousness. It is very much the 
same as home-feeling, not centering in locality 
only or mainly, but in 'Kith and Kin.' 

"Family reunions, if rightly observed, must 
strengthen and sanctify family ties. Our social 
nature requires more than merely to know that this 
man or this woman is a relative; more than to at- 
tend the funeral of a relative and mingle our tears 
with those of sorrowing friends. It means also to 
rejoice with them that do rejoice; it means to look 
into unbeclouded eyes and to come into touch with 
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those whom God has made to be in a special sense 
'of one flesh.' 

"If such family reunions are gfood in a general 
way, they must be good for our Keller family, and 
should find a heart}' support." 

Of this family life and of this spirit of family 
unity, the Association and Reunions were born. 

I 

The first reunion was held June 8, 1893, at the 
home of Philip Keller (IV, 1), in Sandusky Town- 
ship, Crawford County, Ohio. 

Rev. Eli Keller, D. D., (IV, 6), of Zionsville, 
Pa., the prime mover in the matter, was present 
and called the meeting- to order. A scripture lesson 
was read, prayer was offered by Rev. Joseph A. 
Keller, D. D., (IV, 11), of Hartville, Ohio, and 
then the Doxologfy was sung". 

Dr. Eli Keller was elected President; John H. 
Keller (V, 6), Secretary, and Christian A. Keller 
(V, 29), Treasurer. 

An address was made by the President, and 
Philip Keller made remarks along- the same line. 

Joseph A. spoke of the history and future aims 
of the family. Rev. J. B. Shumaker, D. D., (IV, 14) 
in very appropriate words, paid a special tribute 
to g-randmother, Mary Eng-ler Keller (III, 33). 
Several made tender and loving- reference to the 
Civil War and the deaths of Captain Amos (IV, 5) 
and Lieutenant Aaron (IV, 10) Keller. 

The matter of the next reunion was referred to 
the following- Committee of Arrangements: Rev. 
Eli, John H., and Christian A. Keller. 



160 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

Dinner and supper were served to all. Fifty- 
two persons were present. 

II 

As stated in the introductory words to this 
chapter, the question of reunions was thought of a 
g-reat deal, but no one had a plan formulated by 
which to bring- about the reunions so much longed 
for. Therefore, there seemed to spring- from the 
thinking of some one the idea of having reunions 
by families. This led to the first reunion at the 
home of Philip Keller (IV, 1) in Sandusky Town- 
ship, Crawford County, Ohio; and to the second at 
the home of Joseph Keller (IV, 17) in Sandusky 
Township, Crawford County, Ohio, about one week 
later than the first reunion. This reunion was in- 
formal. The forenoon was spent in a free, social 
way. The splendidly loaded table was placed in 
the large east room and repeatedly filled with Kel- 
lers. The afternoon was spent in the large west 
room. Here the proceedings were so informal that 
nearly everyone contributed in some way to the joy 
and happiness of those who have Jacob Keller (III, 
34) and Elizabeth Shook Keller (III, 35) for their 
grandparents. 

There were about forty present. 

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The third reunion was held in the hall of Bid- 
die G. A. R. Post, Sulphur Springs, Ohio, June 1, 
1899. 

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A. Keller, D. D., (IV, 11) was then elected Presi- 
dent, and Rev. Reuben Keller, (V, 76) Secretary. 
After this all participated in a banquet. 

At 1:30 o'clock the Association was again 
called to order by the President, who made very 
appropriate introductory remarks. A hymn was 
sung, and prayer was offered by Rev. E. D. Wet- 
tach, D. D., (V, 32). After another song, a 
motion prevailed to make the organization perma- 
nent, with head-quarters at Sulphur Springs, and 
that a reunion be held once every three years. C. 
A. Keller (V, 29) was elected Treasurer, and Dr. 
Eli (IV, 6) and Amos Keller (V, 13), Historians. 

Ellen Keller (V, 9), Clara Norton (V, 37), and 
Geo. P. Rader (V, 34) were appointed a committee 
to arrange for the reunion in 1902. 

Sympathy was expressed in regard to holding 
a reunion in Pennsylvania at some time, but 
definite action was deferred. Another song was 
sung. 

The President read a letter from Dr. Eli 
Keller, which was full of sympathy, reminiscence 
and suggestion. This letter was ordered published 
in the county papers and will be found in full 
printed form in the records of the Association. 

A telegram of fraternal greetings was ordered, 
and immediately sent to Dr. Eli Keller. 

The subject of a family history was considered 
and on motion the Historians were requested to 
consider further the advisability of publishing such 
a book. 

Sixty-seven persons were present. 



162 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

IV 

The fourth reunion was held at the beautiful 
and inviting- home of Joel F. Keller, one mile south 
of Sulphur Springs, Aug. 21, 1902. 

In 1899, the da}^ was so rainy that shelter had 
to be sought in a hall. This day was clear, com- 
fortable and all that the most interested or fastid- 
ious could desire. The recreations, fellowship and 
social enjoyments were in beautiful harmony with 
the delightful day. The members of the family 
and others present ranged from the aged fathers 
and mothers of four-score years to the cooing babe 
in its mother's arms. After hand-shakings, intro- 
ductions and cordial greetings, a rich and rare feast 
was enjoyed at tables under the spreading trees in 
the house yard. 

After this a feast of a higher order was also 
participated in and relished by all in the observ- 
ance of the following program : 

Song — "As the Years Roll On" — By a family 
chorus. 

Prayer— By Rev. J. B. Shumaker, D. D., of 
Tiffin, Ohio. 

Chorus Songf — "Memory Bells." 

Reading of Minutes. 

Recitation — By Lois Keller. 

Chorus Song- — "We Shall Never Pass Again 
This Way." 

A letter, bearing affectionate greeting from 
Dr. Eli Keller, read by the President. 

Song— "The First Robin"— By Ruth Keller 
and Florence Rader. 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 163 

Remarks on the Family Tree — By the Sec'y. 

Piano Solo— By Anna Gertrude Wettach. 

Vocal Solo — "Mizpah," and encore, "The Four- 
leaf Clover" — By Anna M. Shumaker. 

The matter of publishing- a family history in 
book form received thorough consideration, favor- 
ing such project, Dr. Wettach (V, 32), Prof. A. D. 
Keller (V, 84), Samuel Keller (V, 15), and the 
President (IV, 11). 

On motion it was decided by unanimous voice 
to publish such a history and that Dr. Eli Keller 
(V, 6) be requested to prepare manuscript for same. 
Also the following" committees were appointed : 

To assist Dr. Keller in gathering material for 
the book— Amos Keller (V, 13), J. A. Keller (IV, 
11), Reuben Keller (V, 76), Elias Keller, J. A. 
Welsh, and Samuel Keller (V, 15). 

On publication of the History — A. D. Keller 
(V, 84), J. A. Keller (IV, 11), and Reuben Keller 
(V, 76). 

On arrangements for the reunion in 1905 — O. 
J. (V, 71), Amos (V, 13), Abbie (V, 10), and Mil- 
ton Keller (V, 41), and Mary J. Rader (V, 33). 

Song — "God be with You." 

Benediction — By the President. 

Ninety-four persons were present. 



PEOPLE, PLACES, AND INCIDENTS 



Abbott on the War..83,84,85,87 

Adopted by Indians 48 

Akron 100, 105, 106, 120 

Alabama 84 

AUentown, Pa 97 

Alliance, O 99 

Alps 15 

America 14, 16, 17, 19, 148 

America, Why to 16 

Amerikanischer Bot- 

schafter 77 

American Messenger 77 

Amusements 76 

Andre, Leonard 49 

Annapolis, O., 

81, 82, 83, 94, 116, 117 

Bangor, Pa 21, 103 

Bartholomew, Frederic 79 

Battle, Killed in 84, 85 

Battle of: 

Chicamauga 124 

Corinth 124 

Fort Donaldson 138 

Gettysburg 85 

Liberty Gap 124 

Mission Ridge 124 

Murfreesborough 138 

N. and S. C. Campaigns ..125 
Raid Around Hood's 

Army 125 

Resaca and Atlanta 

Campaigns 125 



Sherman's March to 

the Sea 125 

Shiloh 124 

Siege of Atlanta 124 

Stone River 98, 124, 138 

Surrender of Joseph E. 
Johnson at Greens- 
borough, N. C 125 

Bavaria 14, 15 

Belleville, Pa 121 

Bellevue, 96, 102 

Bender, Christian, 128, 130, 131 

Bible, Family 22, 65 

Biographical Sketches, 

94, 100, 116, 119 

Bippus, John 96 

Black Death 15 

Bloomville, O 100 

Blue Mountain, 

21, 49, 133, 137, 148, 154, 157 

Boeman, J. J 119 

Bonds, Plainfield 73 

Botschafter, Amerikan- 
ischer 77 

"Boxer-Troubles" 107 

Braddock 27 

Bragg's Raid 98 

Brokensword 105 

Brokensword Creek 81, 82 

Bruch, Jacob 154 

"Bucks-Berg" 28 

Bucyrus Charge 96 



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Bucyrus, O., 74, 81, 82, 85, 95, 
96, 98, 101, 102, 119, 142 

Bull 150, 151 

Buttermilk Falls 155 

Camp Noble 84, 124 

Canada 26, 30, 48, 60 

Canal Winchester 96 

Canton, China 107 

Canton, O 100 

Capital Stock Food Co 108 

Captain: 

Carter, John 18 

Keller, Amos 79, 84, 87 

Captivity, Experiences in, 

29, 30, 48 

Captives, Indian 49 

Captured; Mother, Sons, 28,64 

Castle Thunder 124 

Catechism, Heidelberg- ...22, 23 

Centerville, Pa 37 

Cemetery Laid out, A 74 

Chamberlain, Thomas. ..78, 79 

Cherry Valley 49 

"Cherry Valley Creek" 49 

Chestnut Tree, The Old, 

141, 150, 151, 152, 153 

Chicag-o, University of 123 

Christian Scalped 28, 35 

Church, Reformed, 17,73,82,94, 
99,100,103,105,106,120,122,148 

Civil War 119, 120, 123 

Clarke, Dr 139 

Clarksville, Tenn. 138 

Cleveland, 125 

Clyde, O 100 

College: 

Columbus, Medical 102 

Franklin and Marshall ...96 



Heidelberg, 74, 82, 83, 98, 99, 
105, 107, 122, 147 

Marshall 96 

Spencerian, Business 108 

Toledo, O,, Medical 119 

Ursinus 100, 103, 107 

Committees: 

Arrangements, On 163 

Gather Historical Data..l63 
Publication of History. ...163 

Company C, 49th O. V. 1 124 

Company H, 65th O. V. 1 119 

Condolence, Col. Wm. 

Gibson 86, 87 

Congregation, Plainfield, 

Organized 33 

Constantine, Mich 121 

Continent, Western 35 

Corporal 124 

Crawford County, O., 

73, 80, 81, 101, 142, 159, 160 

Crestline, 105 

Cumberland River 138 

Cured, Discontent 71 

Dayton, O. 100, 138 

Delabole, Pa 73, 78, 132, 146 

Delaware River 21, 71, 148 

Delaware Water Gap .. .49, 136 

Delp, Michael 132 

Denver, Col 99 

Detroit, Mich 120 

Discontent Cured 71 

Dover, England 18 

Dying in the Lord 74 

Dying out of Consumption. .67 
Easton, Pa., 

71, 80, 121, 126, 127, 132 
Emancipation Proclamat'n,84 



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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



Emmerling, John 134 

Employment Found 19 

England 26 

Engler, Casper 137 

Engler, George 71 

Engler, Joseph 71, 109 

English, The 30, 31 

Enlisting 84 

Erbach River 15 

Ernsweiler 17 

Experiences in Captivity, 

29, 30, 48 

Family Bible 22, 65 

Febles, Frederick 137 

Fireside, O 104 

Flax Hatcheled 128 

Forest, 138 

Fort, Jacob Ruth 146 

Fostoria, O 103 

Fourth Commandment 135 

Found, Employment... 19 

France 15, 16, 26 

Free, Prisoners Set 31 

French, The 30 

"French and Indian War," 

26, 2>Z 

"Frontier Forts" 26, 30 

Galion, O 80 

General: 

Johnson, Joseph E. 125 

Reynolds 85 

Rosecrans 85 

Sherman 125 

Germany 16 

Gibson, Col. Wm. .Letter of, 

86,87 

Good, Jacob 148 

Good, Dr. J. H...99,147,148,149 



Good, Prof. R 99 

Goshen, Ind. 122 

Gottschall, John 134, 135 

Greenville, O 104 

Hardt Mountains 14, 21, 148 

Harrisburg, Pa 121 

Hartville, 99, 104, 159 

Harvest Joy 77 

Harvest Scene 77 

Hay-Making, Death in 68 

Hazleton, Pa 157 

Heckerinan, Dr 107 

Heidelberg Catechism ...22, 23 
Heidelberg: 

College, 74, 82, 83, 98, 99, 105, 
107, 122, 147 

Theological Seminary, 

98, 100, 103, 105, 122, 147 

University, Financial 

Sec. of 100, 105 

University. .105, 106, 108, 123 

Heights of Abraham 31 

Heller, Daniel 117 

Heller, Jacob 130,131 

Henning, David 153 

Hicksville, 100 

History, Traditional 14 

Home Again 31 

Home Industry 24 

Home, The Oldest, Sold 81 

Home, New 21 

Homes, Other Keller 82 

House, First 22 

Holland 18 

Hong Kong, China 107 

Horn, Maria 69 

Hospital: 

Camp Dennison, 125 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



167 



Louisville, Kentucky 125 

Murfreesboroug-h 125 

Nashville 85, 125 

New Albany, Ind 125 

Howell's Store 71 

Hymn Book 22 

Illinois 80 

Indians, Adopted by 48 

Indian Captives 49 

Indian Life, Tired of 49 

Indians, 24,26,27,28,29,30,37, 
48, 64, 146, 147, 149 

Indian Raids 32, 35, 37, 65 

Industry, Home 24 

Inspection, Tour of 80 

"Jake's Kop," 

110, 116, 140, 149, 153 

Johnsonville, Pa 37 

Joseph's Love-Making 19 

Journey, Western 73 

Joy, Harvest 77 

Kaltenbach, Mr 142, 143 

Karstarphon, Rev 139 

Kefauver, Rev. L,. H 99 

Keil, John 142, 143 

Kern, Leonard 128 

Killed in Battle 84, 85 

Kingston, Pa 155 

Kirchen Zeitung 97 

Kratzer, John 110 

Koeppen, Prof. A. L, 15 

Lackawanna River 155 

Lafayette Post, G. A. R 125 

Laid Out, A Cemetery 74 

Lancaster, Pa 15, 96, 100 

"Lang Schwamm" 110 

Laurel Hill 28 

Learned Trades 78 



Lehighton 157 

Lehigh River 68, 157 

Lehigh Water Gap 136 

Letter of Col. Wm. Gibson, 

86,87 

Leverne, Tenn 125 

Lexington, N. C 125 

Libby Prison 124 

Liberty Center, O 99 

Lieutenant: 

Keller, Aaron H 79, 84, 87 

Keller, Eli 79 

Keller, Philip 79 

Life, Religious 77, 78 

Lincoln, Abraham 109 

Lindsey, O 122 

Lookout Mountain 123 

Lost, John Jacob 64 

Louisville, Ky 138 

Love-Making, Joseph's 19 

Lower Mt. Bethel Tp 71 

Mammoth Cave, Ky 140 

Manchester, O 100 

Mansfield, 124 

Marion, O .' 102 

Marriage, Philip's 68 

Martins Creek 148 

Mauch Chunk 157 

Maximillian Insurrection ..124 

McFall, John 137 

Medicine, Starling School of, 

107 
Medical.Columbus College,102 

Meeting, Prayer 78 

Mercersburg: 

Academy 96 

Classis 96 

Theological Seminary, 73,96 



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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



Mexico ."...124 

Miller, Alexander 156 

Ministers: 

Keller, Eli, 72, 79, 82, 91, 95, 
102, 133-8. 140. 142, 143, 147, 
149, 158-9, 161, 162, 163 
Keller, Frederick H., 

91, 92, 103 

Keller, Joseph A., 72, 82-5, 

93, 96, 98, 138, 159, 161, 163 

Keller, Reuben, 115,116,122, 

142, 144-6, 149, 154, 161, 163 

Shumakcr, Howard K., 

M. D 94, 106 

Shumaker, J. B., 

94, 99, 159, 162 
Wettach, E. D., 

92, 104, 105, 161, 163 

Mississippi, The 26, 84 

Montreal, Canada, 29,30,31,48 

Moselle River 15, 148 

Murfreesborough 84, 85, 98 

Musgrave, William 97 

Names, Scripture, prevalent,23 

Nanticoke 71,156 

Nashville, Tenn 85,98, 138 

Nazareth, Pa 157 

Neriah, Mich 122 

New Home 21 

New Jefferson, O 122 

Niemeyer, Maria, «^^ Horn, 69 

Niemeyer, Rev. Peter F 69 

Northampton Co., Pa., 21, 31, 
69, 71, 81, 100, 127, 131, 157 

North, The 83 

Observance, Sabbath 77 

Ohio, Removal to 80 

Ohio Synod, 67,100,103,105,122 



Old Fort, 107 

Old Home 49, 65 

Oldest Home Sold 81 

Org-anized, Sunday Schools, 77 

Orville, O 104, 105 

Ox Conquered 70 

Ox-Teams 60 

Paulding, 119, 120 

Pennsburg, Pa 103 

Penna. German Society 26 

Perkiomen Seminary 103 

Petersburg, 104 

Petoskey, Mich 120 

Philadelphia, Pa., 15, 17, 31,37 
Physicians: 

Flavien, Edward Bower, 112 

Flavien, William 112,119 

Keller, Calvin 91, 92, 102 

Keller, David 91, 102 

Shumaker, H. K 94, 106 

Pietists 78, 96 

Pittston, Pa 155 

Plainfield 71, 118 

Plainfield: 

Bonds 73 

Church, 21, 37, 69, 73, 146,153 

Good Enough 71 

Grave Yard , ..36 

Homes 157 

Reformed Cong'n, 33,78,132 

Township 126, 128 

Pleasures and Toils 76 

Pocono Mountain 155 

Pomp, Rev. Thomas 78, 132 

Prayer Meetings 78 

Prisoners at: 

Castle Thunder 124 

Libby Prison 124 



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169 



Prisoners Set Free 31 

Proclamation, Emanci- 
pation 84 

Quebec 31 

Rader, Aaron 79 

Rader, Peter .79 

Raids, Indian 32, 35, 37, 65 

Rebellion, The 74, 82, 83, 87 

Reedsburg-, 105, 106 

Reformed Church, 17,73,82,94, 
99,100,103,105,106,120,122,148 

Reformed Synod 14 

Reform, Temperance 77 

Regiment, 8th O. V. 1 83 

Regiment, Co. C.,49th 

O. V. 1 84. 124 

Reichard, Mr 33 

Religious Life 77, 78, 86 

Removal to Ohio 80 

Reunions, Happy 31 

Revolutionary War,32,33,36,49 

Revolutionary Soldiers 49 

Rexroth, Sarah 138 

Rheinpfalz 14 

Rhine River 15,148 

Richards, Hon 26 

Richmond, Va 124 

Ross, John 126, 127, 131 

Rotterdam 18 

Ruppert Farm 81, 82 

Saar River 15, 148 

Sabbath Day 77, 135, 152 

Sabbath Observance 77 

Sad Accident, A 68 

Sandusky River 74 

Sargeant 124 

Saylersburg, Pa 155 

Scalped, Christian 28, 35 



Scene, A Harvest 77 

Schaff, Rev. Dr 96 

School in a Dwelling 69 

Schwartzenacker 14 

Schwova Fens 149 

Scott, A. J. 121 

Scripture Names Prevalent,23 

Seneca County 99 

Separatists 78 

•'Settlemant" 68 

Shawnee Valley 71 

Shelley, John 156 

Shook, Henry 155 

Shook, Jacob 109 

Shook, Peter 110 

Shot, A Skillful 48 

"Shover's Gap" 133 

Shumaker, Mr 80 

Sketches, Biographical, 

94, 100, 116, 119 

Snyder, Gottlieb 132,133 

Southey 141 

South McAlester, I. T 120 

South, The 83 

Starling School of Med- 
icine 107 

Steltzner 78 

Stern, Rev. Dr. Max 80 

"Stocking" 71 

Storrs, Harrison, Nursery 

Co 108 

Sulphur Springs, O., 81,94,97, 

104, 105, 106, 117, 119, 120, 121, 

122, 160, 161, 162 

Sunday 17, 22, 77, 135 

Sunday School Hymnal 122 

Sunday School Organized, 77 
Susquehanna River 71 



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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



"Swiss" 15 

Switzer, Matthew 18 

Switzerland 33 

Sycamore, O. 105 

Teed Blockhouse 30 

Tell, William 15 

Temperance Reform 77 

Tennessee 84, 138 

"Three Churches" 71 

Tiffin Classis 99, 103, 122 

Tiffin, O., 82,84, 98, 99, 100,103, 
105, 107, 162 

Tippy 150, 151 

Tiro, O 119 

Toils and Pleasures 76 

Toledo, O 105 

Tour of Inspection 80 

Tow 128 

Trades Learned 78 

Traditional History 14 

Tunkahannock, Pa 156 

Union Church 94 

United Brethren Church ...107 

University of Chicago 123 

University, Vanderbilt 123 

University, Wooster 106 

Ursinus College 100 

Valley, Cherry 49 

Vanderbilt University 123 

Vandranil, Gen 31 

Victoria, Texas 124 



Victorious Wrestler, A 69 

Victory, An Easy 69 

Virginia 14 

VoUmer, Rev. Dr. P 15 

Volunteers, 74,119,120,123,124 

War, Tired of 49 

Washington, Gen. George, 

31,36 

Wathena, Kan 104 

Weisz, Rev. George 67 

West Alexandria, 122 

Western Continent 35 

Western Journey 73 

Wilkes Barre 71, 155, 156 

Will, The Joseph Keller 126 

"William" 18 

Wind Gap, Pa., 

103, 117, 136, 155, 157 

Wolfe, Gen 31 

Wolff, Rev. Dr 96 

Work, Products ...24, 25, 75, 77 

Wrestler, A Victorious 69 

Wurtemburg 78, 96 

Wyoming Co., Pa 154 

Wyoming Valley 155 

Young, John 130 

Youngstown, 104, 105 

Zionsville Charge 96 

Zionsville, Pa 159 

Zweibrucken 14,15,17,22,148 

Zwingli 15 



MEMBERS OF KELLER FAMILY 



Note— Names indicated (a) will be found in the Addenda. 



Abel, Matilda 40 

Achenbach, Lucinda 40 

Minnie S 39 

Ackerman, Charles S 90,101 

Lydia A., nee 

Keller 90, 101 

Naomi Edith 90 

Ainsworth, Nettie 89 

Algert, Andrew 59 

Cath. Ann 59 

Catharine 59, 61 

Christine, nee Beck..60 
Eliza.w^^ DeRemer..59 

Ella A 60 

George W 59 

Hannah 60 

Henry SO 

Henry Francis 60 

Henry N 59 

John 59, 60 

Joseph 59, 60 

Julia 59,61 

Julia, nee Houck 60 

Luella, nee Sturgis..60 

Mabel Cleveland 61 

Mahala 59 

Margaret 59 

Maryette 60 

Mary 61 

Mary, nee Keller 50 

Philip 59,69 

Rachel 60 



Algert, Robert James 60 

Willis P 60 

Sarah Elizabeth 59 

Alsover, Ella, nee Gum 41 

Lucy 41 

Willis 41 

Anderson, Anna T 89 

Andre, Maria Magdalene, 49, 50 
Bacon, Cath. Ann, nee Al- 
gert 59 

Bacon, 59 

Bader, Eliza, nee Rhoads 63 

John 63 

Bair, Daniel Upton 114,121 

Ellen M., nee Bower, 

114, 121 

MonaB 114 

Myrtle E 114 

Ruth Emeline 115 

Sarah Elizabeth 115 

Shafer Bowers 115 

Baker, Mary 51 

Batto, Jacob 38 

Beck, Christine 60 

Jessiah 38 

Maria, nee Muffly 38 

Beekly, Eliza 54 

Besaker, Mrs. Simon, nee 

Keller 56 

Bevington, Anna T., nee 

Anderson 89 

Harold Paul 89 



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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



Bevington, John Carleton....89 
Lorenzo D. 89,100 
Lorenzo Keller,89 
Maria, nee Kel- 
ler 89, 100 

Mary M., nee 

Hart 89 

Mervin Henry ..89 
Nettie, «^^ Ains- 

worth 89 

Orton Philip 89 

Bitja, Mary 62 

Boeman, Martha 112 

Bonen, Ellis (a) 

John S3 

Lula, nee Smalley....53 
Bower (Bauer), Abraham, 82, 
110,111,116,117,119,121 
Alice A., nee 

Sprague 112 

Alice J Ill, 114, 121 

Anna Laura.. ..Ill, 114 

Archer A 113 

Archie Earle 114 

Catharine S., 

Ill, 113, 120 

Clara Ethel 114 

Clara May 113 

Clyde Keller 114 

David D Ill 

Delia I., nee Hall. .113 

Don Sprague 112 

Edith Esther 114 

Edna 113 

Ella, nee Johnson..ll3 

Ella, nee Jones 113 

Emma Elizabeth, 

111, 112, 119 



Bower, Glen E 114 

Grace Stough 114 

GuyH 113 

Homer A. 113 

Jacob Ill, 113, 120 

James 113 

Jemima 112 

Jessie E 113 

John Henry, 

111, 113, 120, 124 
Josephine M., nee 

Markley 114 

Lena 113 

Leslie G 113 

Lloyd 1 113 

Lynn A 113 

Madge Alice 112 

Malinda....lll, 112, 119 
Martha, nee Boe- 
man .112 

Mary A., nee Hess. .113 
MaryEllen.lll, 114,121 

Myrtle May 114 

Nellie Eveline 114 

Nellie yi.,nee Buck, 113 

Ralph 113 

Ralph Dwight 114 

Ray Elwood 114 

Reuben T., 111,114,120 

Rodric B 113 

Rodric B 113 

Roy Markley 114 

Ruth Frances 113 

Sarah, tiee Keller, 

111, 116, 119 

Tilghman Ill 

Uriah B., 

111,112, 119, 124,125 



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173 



Bower, Walter Scott 114 

Brown, Flora % 51 

H. P 39 

Lizzie G., nee Mc- 

Cammon 39 

Buck, Nellie M 113 

Burroughs, Addie M., nee 

Doug-lass 112 

Edgar Allen. ...112 
Howard Doug- 
lass 112 

James Lucius..ll2 
John Harold ....(a) 

Levi S 112,119 

Malinda, nee 

Bower 112,119 

Mary Gertrude 112 
Ralph Bowers, 112 
Ross Gordon. .112 
Bush, Anna Louise, nee 

Hunsberger 61 

Dr 61 

Butcher, Amanda, «^^Keller,S3 

Hezekiah 53 

Jennie S3 

Butz, Anna 42 

Bysher, nee 39 

Causebaam, Hannah, nee 

Algert 60 

Mr 60 

Carrothers, Maudesta H 90 

Cheeseman, Brayton (a) 

George S3 

Georgie (a) 

Hazel (a) 

Isaac (a) 

Minnie, nee 
Smalley S3 



Chinancc, Callie, nee 

Muffly 41 

Frank 41 

Christine, Annie 44 

Coleman, Wm. V 61 

Sarah Lilian, nee 

Richards 61 

Converse, Ella 112 

Datesman, Alice,«^^ Kiefer,46 

Judson 46 

Davidson, Florence Maud. ...93 

Dech, Elmira E. 39 

Decker, Mrs. Horace, nee 

Keller 56 

Delts, Carrie Ellen, nee 

Richards 61 

Chas. H 61 

Dennis, Charles K 58 

Elizabeth 58 

Emma 58 

Henry 58 

Jacob 58 

Jennie 58 

Kate 58 

Lange 58 

Lucy 58 

Martha Jane 58 

Mary Alice 58 

Mary Ann, nee 

Keller 58 

Nancy 50 

Theodore 58 

DeRemer, Eliza 59 

Dickson, Eleanor 61 

Dipper, nee 37 

Dixon, John 63 

Matilda, «^^ Rhoads,63 
Dodge, Mr 59 



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HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



Dodge, Sarah Elizabeth, nee 

Algert 59 

Dohm, Maryette,«^^ Algert,60 

Mr 60 

Doney, John 42 

Rose Ellen, nee 

Repsher 42 

Douglass, Addie M 112 

Downing, Grace D S3 

Drake, Catharine Jane 56 

Charles 62 

Clayton 62 

Elmira, nee Keller. ...62 

Emelia 62 

Lewis 62 

lyilyan 62 

Nelly 62 

Willie 62 

Drumm, John Adam 17, 19 

Mary Engel ..17,19,21 

Dunning, George, Sr. 56 

George, Jr. 56 

Irwin G 56 

Jennie 56 

Mary M 56 

Minnie, nee 

Rhodes 56 

Oswin 56 

Th. W 56 

Eckert, Abraham 46 

Mrs. Abraham, nee 

Gruber 46 

Frances E 47 

Frank 46 

Mrs. Frank, nee 

Seiple 46 

George 46 

Hyrem 46 



Eckert, John 46 

Katy Ann 46 

Malinda 46 

Sarah, nee Muffly ...46 

Edinger, Minnie 41 

Eldridge, Harry 44 

Harvey 44 

Ida 44 

Lizzie 44 

Mahlon 44 

Mamie 44 

Martin 44 

Mrs. Martin, nee 

Raraple 44 

Sarah Ann, nee 

Ruth 44 

William 44 

Ely, Kate 54 

Emert, Charles Wm 66 

Edwin John 66 

Herbert Keller 66 

Jennie Louise 66 

Mary Elizabeth, nee 

Keller 66 

William 66 

Engler, Mary 72 

Susannah 69 

Fagan, Aceph S 51 

Amanda Lotitia 51 

Celia Minnette 51 

Edward C 51 

Emma, nee Hager- 

man 51 

Flora E., nee 

Brown 51 

Henry 51 

Hettie, nee Keller ...51 
Kate Ina 51 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



175 



Fagan, Russell L, 51 

Walker V 51 

Farley, Caryl E (a) 

Jennie, «^^ Butcher, S3 
Farst, Bertha Sarah, nee 

Heller 113 

Hellen May 114 

W. F 113 

Felker, Mary Ann 62 

Fell, nee 40 

Mary 43 

Fellenser, Elizabeth, nee 

Keller 59 

Fred 63 

George 63 

John 59 

Laura 57 

Lewis 63 

Sarah Jane, nee 

Keller 63 

Fisher, Elizabeth 50 

Flavien, Edward Bower 112 

Ella, nee Con- 
verse 112 

Emma Elizabeth, 
nee Bower ..112,119 

Grace Ellen 112 

Maude Mitchel....ll2 

Mildred 112 

William 112, 119 

Flory, Annie 40 

Carrie 40 

Charles 40 

Clifford 40 

Edna 40 

Katie, nee Gum 40 

Theodore 40 

Wilmer 40 



Fouse,Ada E.,«<?i?Keller,93,106 

Howard Keller 93 

James Kenneth 93 

William F 93, 106 

Fritz, Reuben 46 

Sarah, nee Kiefer 46 

Frost, Eva L., nee Keller ...52 

Jesse C 52 

Fuller, Manley C... 114 

Nellie Eveline, nee 

Bower 114 

Geib, Maria 51 

Gentner, Lilly May 92, 104 

Getz, Daniel 38 

Mary Ann,«^^ Muffly..38 
Sally Ann,«^£? Muffly..38 

William 38 

Good (Guth) Mr., 14, 17, 19,147 

Mrs 14 

The Son 14 

Gruber, Miss 46 

Gum, Aaron 40 

Annie, nee Itterly 41 

Annie K 40 

Charles 41 

Dorothy 41 

Elizabeth, «e^ Muffly..40 

Ella 41 

Eugene 40 

Hannah 40 

Hattie 40 

Irwin 41 

James E 40 

Katie 40 

Lewis 41 

hilly, nee Keiper 41 

Lucinda, nee Achen- 
bach 40 



176 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



Gum, Lucy 'S, 41 

Mabel 41 

Mary 40 

Minnie 40 

Myrtle 41 

Raymond 41 

Guth (Good), Mr., 14,17, 19,147 

Haden, Harry 63 

Mary, nee Long 63 

Hagerman, Emma 51 

Hahn, Alfred 39 

Anna 39 

Annie 39 

Bertha ,39 

Clark 39 

Bmma Frances, nee 

Klein 39 

Frederic 39 

Ida, nee Siegfried 39 

Jeremiah F 39 

Lucy 39 

Lucy A., nee Mc- 

Cammon 39 

Minnie S.,«^<? Achen- 

bach 39 

Richard Samuel 39 

Robert C 39 

Samuel 39 

Halbach, Mark 92, 104 

Mary Julia, nee 

Keller 92, 104 

Hall, Delia I. 113 

Harper, Edna 54 

Levi 54 

Philip 55 

Harrington, Mahala, 7iee 

Algert 59 

Mr 59 



Hart, Mary M 89 

Hartzell, Abr 39 

Florence R., nee 

Klein 39 

Hatch, Anna 57 

Heft, Salome 53 

Heller, Abysene, nee Zuber..42 

Amy Jeannette 114 

Bertha M., nee 

Mitchell 114 

Bertha Sarah 113 

Catharine S., nee 

Bower 113, 120 

Dorothy Jeannette, 114 

Edward 42 

Elizabeth 55 

Louise 63 

Matilda 63 

Robert Bower 114 

Thomas 113, 120 

Hersh, Katie Sophia 91 

Hess, nee 59 

Alice J 114, 121 

Alice J., nee Bower. ..114 

Frank M 114, 121 

Mabel E 114 

Mary A 113 

Hinton, Anna L., nee Nyce..57 

John C 57 

Sally 63 

Hirn, Grace EM«^^Flavien,112 

Harvey Earl 112 

Margaret Elizabeth..ll2 

Hoffeditz, Emma Julia 91 

Houck, Arlington 39 

Edwin J. 39 

Elizabeth, nee Mc- 
Cammon 39 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



177 



Houck, Jennie, nee Stocker..39 

Julia 60 

Karl 39 

Lester 39 

Lizzie 39 

Mary, nee Schoch 39 

Reuben 39 

Russell 39 

Sarah Alice 39 

W. Oliver 39 

Hunsberger, Abraham C 61 

Anna Louise ..61 

Fanny A 61 

Henry C 61 

Joseph 61 

Ju\ia.,nee Al- 

gert 61 

Mary C 61 

Itterly, Annie 41 

Johnson, Ella 113 

Mary 51 

Mary Elizabeth, 

nee Richards 62 

Wm 62 

Jones, Aulef 42 

Edward 41 

Ella 113 

Mary Ellie, nee 

Strauss 41 

Mildred 42 

Jump, Ellsworth 52 

Floyd 52 

Martha Idell, nee 

Kiefer 52 

Kaufman, Charles 47 

Kaufmann, Adam 43 

Anna Maria,«^^ 
Muffly 47 



Kaufmann, Caroline 43 

Catharine 43 

Catharine, nee 

Kuntzman 44 

Charles 42 

Charles 43 

Charles 43 

Charles 44 

Clara 43 

Elizabeth 43 

Elizabeth 44,46 

Elsie 43 

Emma 44 

Frank 44 

George 43 

Ida 44 

Jennie 43 

Jessie..: 43 

John 43 

John 43 

Jonathan 44 

Maria 43 

Martha 43 

Mary, nee Fell ..43 
Mary, nee 

Muffly 42 

Mrs., nee 

Reimel 43 

Oliver 43 

Samuel 43 

Samuel 44 

Sarah 44 

Sarah, nee 

Kunsman 43 

Sarah, nee 

Weidman 43 

Sarah, nee 

Wolff 43 



178 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



Kauf mann, Sobina, nee 

Ruth 43 

William 43 

William 43 

Keiper, Lilly 41 

Keller, Aaron Henry, 

72, 79, 82, 84, 85, 98, 159 

Abbie 54 

Abilene L 89,101,163 

Ada Ellen....92, 93, 106 

Adam 50 

Adam 50 

Adam 68 

Addie Florence 116 

Addie Florence, nee 

Keller 116 

Albert David, 

lis, 116, 123, 163 

Alice 57 

Alice, nee Spencer. ...58 

Allen 62 

Amos,72, 78, 82, 83, 84. 
98, 159 

Angeline 57 

Anna 72,82,90,95,101 

Anna 92, 104 

Anna, nee Hatch 57 

Anna I< 58 

Anna Margaret, 

23, 29, 31,35, 39 
Anna May, nee 

Ivccrone 92 

Anna ^.,nee Smith,93 

Ardie Ruth 92 

Beatus 91 

Bertha 92 

Bessie 54 

Betsey 51 



Keller, Blaine Reynolds ...116 

Callie 54 

Carrie 58 

Catharine 55, 56 

Catharine Jane, ttee 

Drake 56 

Charles 55,56 

Charles 62 

Charles Frederick. .57 

Chester 63 

Christian 23,28,35,36 

Christian 57 

Christian Alfred, 

92, 104, 121, 159, 161 

Christopher 51 

Claris F 53 

Clarissa Sabina ..92,93 

Claudius Argyle 116 

Clayton 57 

Clayton 63 

CleoT S3 

Constance Rebecca..90 

Cuba 54 

Daniel 55, 56 

David 91, 102 

David Hersch 92 

Davie 57 

, nee Dipper ....37 

Donald D. S3 

Edward 62 

Elias 51,52, 163 

Eliza 62,63 

Elizabeth 31, 36 

Elizabeth 50,59 

Elizabeth, nee 

Fisher 50 

Elizabeth, nee 

Heller 55 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



179 



Keller, Elizabeth. «^^ Shook, 
109,110,111,122,152,160 

Ella 56 

Ella 63 

Ella F. 58 

Ella C.,«^^Sexauer..90 

Ellen S 89,101,161 

Eli, 72,79,82,91,95,102, 
133,134, 135, 136, 137, 
138.140, 142, 143, 147, 
149,158, 159,161, 162-3 

Eliza, nee Beekly 54 

Ellsworth Spencer. ...58 

Elmira 62 

Emelia 91, 102 

Emma 57 

Emma Eliza- 
beth lis, 123 

Emma Julia, nee 

Hoffeditz 91 

Emma Ruth 53 

Emma S 58 

Ernest 57 

Eva L 52 

Flora Ann, nee 

Neimeyer 91 

Florence Gertrude. ...91 
Florence Maud, nee 

Davidson 93 

Francis Amos, 89, 90, 
102, 161, 163 

Frank 57 

Frederick 91,92,103 

George 50,62 

George 54 

George 62 

Grace D., nee 

Downing S3 



Keller, Hannah T., nee 

Stocker....88, 100, 101 

Hattie, nee Rader 93 

Helena Amelia 66 

Helen Caroline 57 

Helen May 11'5 

Henry 50, 59 

Henry 51 

Henry Adam 23, 36 

, nee Hess 59 

Hettie 51 

Horace 62 

Horatio 63 

Howard Albert 92 

Ideletta 91 

Irene Adele 91 

Jacob 50 

Jacob 66 

Jacob, 68,73,81,82,109, 

111,116, 122,123,151, 
152, 154, 160 

Jacob 157 

Jacob Samuel, 

92, 93, 106 

Jennie Amanda 115 

Jeremiah, 

115, 121, 124. 125, 153 
Jesse C, nee Frost... 52 
Joel Frederick, 72, 79, 

80, 82, 92, 97, 104, 162 

John 50, 51 

John 51, 54 

John 51, 52 

John 54 

John 55 

John 62 

John 66 

John Abraham 115 



180 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



Keller, John Calvin ..91,92,10z 

John Carrother* 90 

John Henry, 68, 72, 75, 
88,94,97,109,137,154 
John Henry, 

89, 90, 94, 101, 159 

John Henry 115, 123 

John Jacob, 23,28,29,64 
John Jacob, 

23, 65, 129, 130 

John, Rev 66, 67 

Joseph, 14,16,17,19,21, 

64,65,126,128,130,131, 

146,147,148,149 

Joseph, 23,28,29, 31, 32, 

48,49,50,127,129,130 

Joseph 37 

Joseph 50 

Joseph 51, 54 

Joseph 66 

Joseph, 82,110,111,115, 

117, 123, 144, 146,153, 

154, 155, 157, 160 

Joseph Allen, 72, 82, 83 

84,85,93,96,98,138,159 

160, 163 

Joseph J 55,58 

Josiah 115, 117, 121 

Julia, nee Werk- 

heiser 58 

Kate, nee Ely 54 

Katie Sophia, nee 

Hersch 91 

Laura, nee Fellen- 

ser 57 

Laura Mauree 93 

Lavine, nee Smith. ...56 
Leonard 50 



Keller, Lewis 55, 58 

Lewis 62, 63 

Lillian, nee Leibert,92 

Lillie Doane 116 

Lilly May, nee 

Gentner 92 

Linford 62 

Lloyd (a) 

Lois Rebecca 90, 162 

Louise 50 

Louise 55 

Louise 66 

Louise, nee Heller. ...63 

Lovina Bowden 116 

Lovina, nee Kline, 

115, 118, 153 

Lovina, nee Lern 62 

Lucinda 62, 63 

Lucy 51, 53 

Lucy 66 

Luther Keller 56 

Lydia A 89, 90, 101 

Lydia, nee Preish ...66 

Magdalene 37 

Magdalene, nee 

Schauwecker 52 

Manelva Wylie 116 

Margaret 66 

Margaret A 57 

Margaret J., nee 

Reynolds 115 

Maria 88, 89, 100 

Maria Ann 37, 38 

Maria Dorothy, nee 

Metz 65, 66 

Maria, nee Geib 51 

Maria Magdalene, 

nee Andre 49, 50 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



181 



Keller, Marshall 63 

Martha, nee Staples,S9 

Mary 50,59 

Mary 51,54 

Mary 51 

Mary Ann 55,58 

Mary Ann, nee 

Felker 62 

Mary, nee Baker 51 

Mary, nee Bitja 62 

Mary Catharine, 

115, 123 

MaryE 57 

Mary Elizabeth 66 

Mary Emily, nee 

Musgrave 116 

Mary Engle, nee 

Drumm 21,127,128 

Mary, nee Engler, 

72, 137, 159 

Mary Henrietta 90 

Mary J., nee 

Rhoads 58 

Mary, nee Johnson ..51 
Mary Josephine, 

92, 93, 106 

Mary Julia 91,92,104 

Matilda 66 

Matilda Alice ...115,123 
Matilda, nee Heller..63 
Matilda, nee 

Marietta 54 

Maudesta H., nee 

Carrothers 90 

Milton 62 

Milton Melanchthon, 

92, 93, 106, 163 
Morris Keller 56 



Keller, Mr 14 

Nancy 51, 52 

Nancy, nee Dennis. ...50 

N«wton 58 

Older Son 14 

Oliver Jacob, 

115, 121, 124, 163 

Orion 63 

Orlando W 54 

Oscar N 57 

Paul Davidson 93 

Paul Eli 91 

Peter 50, 55 

Philip, 23,37,68,69, 109, 
128, 129, 130, 132 

Philip 51 

Philip 66 

Philip, 72, 78,79, 82,88, 
94, 97, 100, 101, 136, 
154, 156, 157, 159, 160 

Ralph Carleton 92 

Rebecca Ill, 118 

Reuben, 115, 116, 122, 

142, 144, 145,146, 149, 

154, 161, 163 

Rhea 54 

Riegcl, Miss 50 

Robert Warren 90 

Rowland Sneath ...116 

Russell G 53 

Ruth Ellen 90, 162 

Sabina E 89, 100 

Salome, nee Heft S3 

Samuel 62 

Samuel 91, 102, 163 

Samuel 157 

Sarah 50, 62 

Sarah 51, 53 



182 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMHY 



Keller, Sarah 51, 52 

Sarah 55 

Sarah 68, 69, 71 

Sarah 111,116 

Sarah A 89 

Sarah Jane 62, 63 

Sarah, nee Kemerer,S8 

Sarah, 7tce Kulp 93 

Sarah L., nee Mc- 

Creary 52 

Sarah,«(?(?Miller,68,132 
Simon, 23,36,37,129,130 
Sobina, nee Werk- 

heiser 115 

Sophia, nee Rolfs ....(a) 

Susan 55 

Susannah, 

72, 82, 94, 99, 138 

Susannah E. 89 

Susannah, 7iee 

Engler 69 

Susannah, nee 

Schaum 92, 104 

Sydenham 62, 63 

Theodore 55, 59 

Thomas 57, 58 

Valeria, nee 

Nickelson 57 

Waldo J 53 

William 51 

William 51,53 

William 55, 58 

William 54 

William Albert 91 

William Wesley 115 

Kemmerer, Christian 46 

Elizabeth, widow 
of Jacob Ruth,46 



Kemmerer, Sarah 58 

Kiefer, Alice 46 

Elsie, nee Slack 46 

Sarah 46 

Theodore 46 

Kieflfer, Bernice 52 

Charles Wilbur 52 

Elmer Edson 52 

Esta, nee Lehman ..52 

Esther 52 

Eva 52 

Martha Idell 52 

Nancy, nee Keller ..52 

Sc-imuel Newton 52 

Ward Keller 52 

Klein, Anna Maria, nee 

McCammon 38 

, nee Bysher ....39 

Elmer J 39 

Emma Frances 39 

Florence R 39 

William 38 

Kleintop, Mary J 45 

Kline, Lovina 115, 118 

Kresslcr, Catherine, nee 

Kauf mann 43 

Clara 43 

Lula 43 

Peter 43 

Kulp, Sarah 93 

Kunsman, Sarah 43 

Kuntzman, John 47 

Labar, Ellen 42 

Elmer 43 

Maria, nee Kauf- 

mann 43 

Miss 40 

Lecrone, Anna May 92 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



183 



Lehman, Esta L. 52 

Iveibert, Lrillian 92 

Lern, Lovina 62 

Linn, Augusta A., nee 

Wertman 55 

Floyd 55 

Randolph 55 

Lockert, Frances, nee 

Eckert 47 

Theodore 47 

Lohman, , 38 

Lowine, nee 

Muffly 38 

Long-, Clara 63 

Eliza, nee Keller 63 

Ella 63 

Flora 63 

Fred 63 

Gertrude 63 

Mary 63 

Mane, Lizzie 41 

Mann, Frances.. 41 

Marietta, Matilda 54 

Markley, Josephine M 114 

Martin, Carrie 56 

Cyril Baird 112 

Harry L 112 

Madge Alice, nee 

Bower 112 

McCammon, Aaron 39 

Anna Maria ...38 

Caroline 39 

Clara Y.,nee 

Reich 39 

Elizabeth 39 

Elmira E., nee 

Dech 39 

James 40 



McCammon, John 39 

John 47 

Lizzie G 39 

Lucy A 39 

Samuel 38 

Samuel 39 

Sarah, nee 

Muffly 40 

S. Caroline 39 

Susan, nae 

Muffly 38 

McCauley, Annie Cath., nee 

Richards 62 

Jas 62 

McCreary, Sarah L 52 

Mengel, Mary K 89 

Messinger, George E 39 

Sarah Alice, nee 

Houck 39 

Metz, Maria Dorothy 65, 66 

Michael, Callie M., nee 

Keller 54 

Charles 54 

Grace 54 

Harry 54 

Martin 54 

Mattie 54 

Milo 54 

Thomas 54 

Miller, Captain 31, 32 

Elizabeth 36 

Henry 68, 72 

Margaret,»^^Keller,31 

Mr 36 

Sarah 68 

Mitchell, Bertha M 114 

Moser, Michael 41 

Pauline,»«^ Straus»,41 



184 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



Muffly, Aaron 40 

Anna, nee Butr 42 

Anna Maria 38, 47 

Birdie 41 

Callie 41 

Charles 38 

Charles 42 

Elizabeth 38, 42 

Elizabeth 40 

Elizabeth, nee 

Reichard 38 

Elizabeth, nee 

Weidner 38 

Ellen 40 

Ellen, nee Labar 42 

, nee Fell 40 

Frances, nee Mann. .41 

Frank 41 

George 37,38 

Georg-e 38 

Jacob 38 

Jacob 40 

Jacob 40 

John Louis 41 

Katie Maria 42 

Kate, nee Ratzel 40 

Kate, nee Shook 38 

, nee Labar 40 

Lewis 40 

Lizzie, nee Mane 41 

Lowine 38 

Margaret M 42 

Maria 38 

Maria Ann, nee 

Keller 38 

Mary 38, 42 

Mary Ann 38 

Mary Edith 41 



Muffly, Matilda, nee Abel ....40 

Morris 40 

Peter 40 

Peter 42 

Philip 38 

Sally Ann 38 

Sarah 38, 46 

Sarah 40 

Sarah 40 

Simon 38, 40 

Simon 40 

Susan 38, 47 

Susan 38 

Susan 47 

Wm. Henry 42 

Musgrave, Mary Emily 116 

Neff, Christian S3 

Hattie 54 

Ibbie S3 

Ida 54 

Isaac 53 

John 53 

Justus 53 

Loren 53 

Lucy, nee Keller S3 

Oscar 53 

Rella 54 

Nelson, Charles 55 

Florence M 55 

Horace V 55 

Lorelda M., nee 

Wertman 55 

Neimeyer, Flora Ann 91 

Nickelson, Carrie, nee 

Keller 58 

George 58 

Hazel 59 

Leroy William....59 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



185 



Nickelson, Mary Ester 58 

Valeria 57 

Willard Matthias, 
59 

Norton, Benjamin L< 93, 106 

Catharine Geneva..93 
Clarissa Sabina.w^^ 

Keller 93,106,161 

Keller Emerick 93 

Nyce, Anna ly 57 

Charles E 57 

Lester David 57 

Mary E., nee Keller. ...57 

Warren 57 

Ogden, Adele 116 

Charles R 116 

Lillie Doane, nee 

Keller 116 

Robert Keller 116 

O'Leary, Jemima, nee 

Bower 112 

John 112 

Rhea 112 

Vaughn 112 

Osman, Anna, nee Keller, 

90, 95, 101 

Philip 90 

Oyer, John 38 

Malinda, nee Eckert ..46 

Obadiah 46 

Patchin, Margaret, nee 

Algert 59 

Mr 59 

Peacock, Claud 56 

James 56 

Jennie, nee 

Dunning 56 

L/Cwis 56 



Philips, Jessie E., nee 

Bower 113 

Roger Philips 113 

W. F 113 

Preish, Lydia 66 

Rader, Florence Elizabeth, 

93, 162 

George P 93, 106, 161 

Hattie 93 

Mary Josephine, nee 

Keller 93, 106, 163 

Ralston, Elizabeth, nee 

Zuber 42 

Hugh 42 

Rample, nee 44 

Ratzel, Kate 40 

Reich, Clara V 39 

Reichard, Elizabeth 38 

Reid, Emma, nee Keller 57 

William 57 

Reimel, nee 43 

Reimer, Elizabeth, nee 

Kaufmann 43 

Peter 43 

Reph, Carrie, nee Ruth 45 

Marvine 45 

Repsher, Ammon N 42 

Benjamin 42 

Charles Alvin 42 

Edith Agnes 42 

Emma Frances ...42 

Joseph 42 

Katie Maria, nee 

Muffly 42 

YizXxz^nee Strauss, 42 

Minnie Cath 42 

Rose Ellen 42 

Rex, John 56 



186 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



Rex, Nellie, nee Rhodes 56 

Reynolds, Margaret J., 115, 121 

Rhoads, Allen 63 

Claude 63 

Eliza 63 

Fannie, nee 

Schafer 63 

Frederick 63 

Howard 63 

Jacob 63 

Laura 63 

Ivucinda, nee 

Keller 63 

Mary J 58 

Matilda 63 

Norman 63 

Owen 63 

Sally, nee Hinton ..63 

William 63 

Rhodes, Annie, 7iee 

Thomson 56 

Carrie, ^/^<? Martin ..56 
Catharine, nee 

Keller 56 

Merl 56 

Millard F 56 

Minnie 56 

Nellie 56 

Stella 56 

Stewart T 56 

Th. W 56 

Rice, Ang-eline, nee Keller ..57 

Charles .57 

Elizabeth 57 

Frank 57 

John 57 

Mildred 57 

Richard, Ilda 54 



Richards, Annie Cath 62 

Carrie Ellen 61 

Catherine, nee 

Algert 61 

Eleanor, nee 

Dickson 61 

Irwin 61 

John 61 

Mary Elizabeth ..62 

Sarah Lilian 61 

Rieg^el, nee 50 

Robinson, Anna Laura, nee 

Bower 114 

David 114 

Rolfs, Sophia (a) 

Roth, Ella 45 

Rotzel, Caroline, nee 

Kaufmann 43 

Charles 43 

Edith 43 

Edward 43 

Robert 43 

Stella 43 

Ruth, Adaline 45 

Annie, nee Christine. .44 
Annie, nee Weidman,45 

Archie 45 

Benjamin 44 

Benjamin 45 

Carrie 45 

Charles 44 

Clarence 45 

Cula 45 

Edward 44 

Elizabeth, nee 

Kaufmann 44 

Ella, nee Roth 45 

Floyd 45 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



187 



Ruth, Frank 45 

Gertrude 45 

Jacob 44 

Jacob 46 

Joseph 46 

Lilly 45 

Lotty 45 

Luther 45 

Mabel 45 

Martin 45 

Mary Catharine 44 

Mary J,, nee Kleintop,4S 

Raymond 45 

Rebecca, nee 

Steinmetz 45 

Reuben 45 

Rosie 45 

Sadie 45 

Samuel 45 

Sarah 45 

Sarah Ann 44 

Sobina 43 

Sybilla,«.f,? Wilhelm..44 

William 44 

Sanford, Luther J 60 

Rachel, nee 

Albert 60 

Schafer, Fannie 63 

Schaum, Susannah 92 

Schauwecker, Mag-dalene ...52 
Scheetz, Annie K., nee 

Gum 40 

John 40 

Mabel 40 

Schlegel, Chas 66 

Matilda, nee 

Keller 66 

Schoch, Mary 39 



Scott, Gertrude Eleanor, «^^ 

Teel 90 

Richard H 90 

Maurice Teel 90 

Schwartz, Emelia, nee 

Keller 91, 102 

Marie 91 

Mark Keller 91 

Wilsons. P., 91,102 

Seiple, ttee 46 

Settles, Mary Gertrude, nee 

Burroughs 112 

S. W 112 

Sexauer, Ella C 90 

Shade, Abbie, nee Keller ....(a) 

Earl (a) 

Shaw, Robert 62 

Sarah, 7tee Keller 62 

Shook, Elizabeth Ill 

Kate 38 

Shumaker, Anna Mary, 

94, 108, 163 
Claude Henry, 

94, 108 
Howard Keller, 

94, 106 
Joseph B., 

94, 99, 159, 162 
Susannah, nee 
Keller ...72,94,99 

Siegfried, Ida 39 

Simanton, Belle 54 

Slack, Amanda, nee Syder ..46 

Beula 46 

Earl 46 

Elsie 46 

Flora 46 

George 46 



188 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



Slack, Hazel 46 

John 46 

John 46 

Katy Ann, nee 

Eckert 46 

Leah 46 

Russel 46 

Smalley, Amanda 53 

Bessie S3 

Charles Leroy S3 

Ella, nee Ellis S3 

Emma, tiee 

Richard S3 

Fay 53 

Flo 53 

Franklin Pierce. ...S3 
Hannah, nee 

Larcomb S3 

Harry S3 

Isaac 53 

John 53 

John Keller 53 

Lula (a) 

Minnie (a) 

Priscilla 53 

Sadie S3 

Sarah, nee Keller..S3 

Sophia, M^^ Rolfs. .(a) 

Smith, Adaline, nee Ruth ....45 

Anna W 93 

Bertha A 90 

Christian 55 

Clinton 45 

Don W 55 

Jennie B., nee 

Wertman 55 

Lavine 56 

Ivouis 45 



Smith, Martin 45 

Roger 45 

Samuel 45 

Spencer, Alice 58 

Sprague, Alice A 112,120 

Staples, Martha 59 

Steinmetz, Rebecca 45 

Sterner, Jacob 61 

Mary, nee Algert ..61 

Stocker, Hannah T 88 

Jennie 39 

Strauss, Amy 42 

Callie 42 

Eli 42 

July Ann 41 

Katie 42 

lyouis 41 

Maggy 42 

Marcus 41 

Mary Edith, nee 

Muffly 41 

Mary Ellie 41 

Minnie, nee 

Edinger 41 

Peter Adison ...41 

Pauline 41 

Sturgis, Luella 60 

Swink, Jacob 56 

Mary M., nee 

Dunning 56 

Syder, Amanda 46 

Teel, Bertha A., nee 

Smith 90 

Clay (a) 

Donald Philip 89 

Edna Elizabeth 89 

Eric Philip 89 

Esther Maria 89 



HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 



189 



Teel, Gertrude Eleanor..89, 90 

Harold S 90 

Henry Clay 89 

Herbert Keller 89,90 

Leander 89, 100 

Marian Dorothea 90 

Marjoria Ima 90 

Martha Isabel 90 

Mary K., nee Mengel,89 

Muriel Henrietta 89 

Robert M 90 

Sabina,«^^ Keller,89,100 
Thatcher, Ida.w^i? Eldridge,44 

Isaac 44 

Thomson, Annie 56 

Van Gundy, Elizabeth 

Minnette 52 

Gordon K 52 

InaKathryn....(a) 

J. A 51 

Kate Ina, nee 

Fagan 51 

Leah Jean 52 

William 

Harrison 52 

Van Home, Carmen Ferol,113 
Harman 

Albert 113 

Clara May, nee 

Bower 113 

Ronald Marine, 
113 

Vesper, Carrie 55 

Christian 55 

Florence 55 

Ida S., nee 

Wertman 55 

Leafy 55 



Wahl, Lucy, nee Keller 66 

Philip 66 

Warich, Anna L., nee 

Keller 58 

Katie 58 

Simon 58 

Webster, Mrs 59 

Weidman, Annie 45 

Sarah 43 

Weidner, Elizabeth 38 

Welsh, Bartah May 52 

CubaLell 52 

James A 52, 163 

Leafy Ellen 52 

Leona Mildred 52 

Sarah, nee Keller 52 

Ward Kenneth 52 

Werkheiser, Agnes 41 

Charles 41 

Cora 41 

Elmer 41 

Flauncy 41 

Julia 58 

July Ann, nee 

Strauss 41 

Lucy E., nee 

Gum 41 

Sobina 115 

Willis 41 

Wertman, Augusta A 54,55 

Belle, nee 

Simanton 54 

Daniel 54 

Daniel V 54 

Edna O 54 

Hattie L 54, 55 

Ida S 54, 55 

Ilda, nee Richard,S4 



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Wertman, Jennie B 54, S5 

Leroy 55 

Lorelda M 54,55 

Mabel 55 

Mary Belle 54 

Mary, nee Keller.. 54 
Perry Sylvester..54 
Wettach, Anna Gertrude, 

93, 163 
Anna, nee Keller, 

92, 104 
Edward D., 

92,104,105,161,163 

Edward Keller 93 

Florence Mabel. ...93 

Mary 93 

Wiley, Cleo 55 

Edward 55 

Glorene 55 

Hattie L., nee 

Wertman 55 

Wilhelm, David 44 

Emma 44 

Jacob 44 

John 44 



Wilhelm, Julius 42 

Lizzie 44 

Margaret M., nee 

Muffly 42 

Mary Catharine, 

nee Ruth 44 

Raymond 44 

Sybilla 44 

Wolff, Sarah 43 

Zuber, Abysene 42 

Charles 42 

Elizabeth 42 

Elizabeth, Jiee 

Muffly 42 

Jacob 42 

Philip 42 

Simon 42 

Zurbrick, Albert 66 

George 66, 67 

Louise, «^^ Keller, 

66,67 
William Warren, 66 

Cannady, Jennie {a) 

(Name came in too late for proper 
classification.) 



ADDENDA 



THE corrections that follow are due (a few cor- 
rections in spelling- excepted) to the fact that 
the material came too late to be put into the 
regular place in the book proper. So the reader 
will please read the corrections into the pag-es 
cited here. We are g-lad for this added information, 
even though not in the body of the book. — [Ed.] 

Pag-e 52. 5*^^ Ina Kathryn (Van Gundy), b. Feb. 

26, 1905. 
Page 53. Part between (4^*^ Sarah) and (5^" Franklin 
Pierce) should read: 
I''" Amanda (Smalley), mar. Hezekiah Butcher. 

1™ Jennie, mar. Caryl E. Farley. 
2*^" John Keller (Smalley), mar. Sophia Rolfs. 
1^1 Sadie, d. 
2'^ Harry. 
3^^ Bessie. 
3'-'^ Priscilla, d. 

4«^ Isaac (Smalley), d., mar. Ella Ellis, d. 
1^'^ Lula, mar John Bonen. 

1 Ellis. 
2" Minnie (Smalley), mar. George Chees- 
man. 

1 Brayton. 

2 Hazel. 

3 Georgie. 

4 Isaac. 

5«9 Franklin Pierce. 

(191) 



192 HISTORY OF THE KELLER FAMILY 

Page 54. 1^^ Abbie (Keller), mar. Earl Shade. 
Pag-e 54. Z'^^ George(Keller),mar. Jennie Cannady. 

1 Lloyd. 
Page 90. 5^32 cj^y (Teel). 

Page 112. 2^"^ Edgar Allen Burroughs, b. Oct. 5, 
1870, mar. Addie M. Douglass. 
1^^ Howard Douglass, b. Aug. 22, 

1900, d. Mar. 11, 1904. 
2^^ John Harold, b. Mar. 24, 1905. 
Page 53. Cheeseman should read Cheesman. 
Page 71. Nantikoke should read Nanticoke. 
Page 89. A^^^ Gertrude Eleonora(Teel) should read 

Gertrude Eleanor. 
Pages 93 and 106. 5^^* Clarissa Sobina (Norton) 

should read Clarissa Sabina. 
Page 100. Mr. L. M. Bevington should read Mr. 

L. D. 
Page 102. David H. Keller should read David. 
Page 111. 71^'' Catharine Bower should read Cath- 
arine S. 
Page 112. Addie M. Douglas should read Addie 

M. Douglass. 
Page 112. 1^^* Howard Douglas should read How- 
ard Douglass.